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The way we were: family reunions

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

On 26th December 1945, Evelyn Waugh writes in his diary about his first postwar family Christmas: 

“Maria Teresa and Bron [his daughter and son, Auberon] have arrived; he ingratiating, she covered with little medals and badges, neurotically voluble with the vocabulary of the lower-middle class—“serviette,” “spare room.” Only on points of theology does she become rational. On Christmas Eve we went to midnight Mass at Nympsfield. I was moved to remit…

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