A Handful of Dust

By Evelyn Waugh

After seven years of marriage, the gorgeous girl Brenda final has grown uninterested in existence at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that's the delight and pleasure of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. In a singular that mixes tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible temper of the "crazy and sterile iteration" among the wars.

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She is especially thorough,” acknowledged Polly, “and it tickles really. ” shortly Daisy emerged. “What used to be she like? ” they requested. “I mustn’t inform or it spoils it all,” stated Daisy. that they had dealt playing cards for priority. It was once Brenda’s flip now. She went round the corner to Mrs. Northcote, who used to be sitting at a stool beside an armchair. She was once a dowdy, middle-aged lady with a touch genteel accessory. Brenda sat down and took off her shoe and stocking. Mrs. Northcote laid the foot on her knee and gazed at it with nice solemnity; then she picked it up and commenced tracing the small creases of the only with the purpose of a silver pencil case. Brenda wriggled her feet luxuriously and settled right down to pay attention. round the corner they acknowledged, “Where’s her Mr. Beaver this present day? ” “He’s flown over to France along with his mom to work out a few new wallpapers. She’s been caring all day pondering he’s had an coincidence. ” “It’s all very touching, isn’t it? even though I can’t see his element myself…” “You mustn't ever do something on Thursdays,” stated Mrs. Northcote. “Nothing? ” “Nothing very important. you're highbrow, imaginitive, sympathetic, simply led by means of others, impulsive, affectionate. you're hugely inventive and aren't giving complete scope on your functions. ” “Isn’t there whatever approximately love? ” “I am coming to like. some of these strains from the nice toe to the instep symbolize fanatics. ” “Yes, move on a few extra approximately that…” Princess Abdul Akbar used to be introduced. “Where’s Brenda? ” she stated. “I idea she’d be the following. ” “Mrs. Northcote’s doing her now. ” “Jock Menzies desires to see her. He’s downstairs. ” “Darling Jock… Why in the world didn’t you carry him up? ” “No, it’s anything extraordinarily very important. He’s acquired to work out Brenda by myself. ” “My expensive, how mysterious. good, she won’t be lengthy now. We can’t disturb them. it will disappointed Mrs. Northcote. ” Jenny instructed them her information. at the different facet of the door, Brenda’s leg used to be commencing to believe somewhat cold. “Four males dominate your fate,” Mrs. Northcote was once asserting, “one is unswerving and delicate yet he has now not but disclosed his love, one is passionate and overpowering, you're a little fearful of him. ” “Dear me,” stated Brenda. “How very intriguing. Who can they be? ” “One you want to steer clear of; he bodes no best for you, he's steely hearted and rapacious. ” “I guess that’s my Mr. Beaver, bless him. ” Downstairs Jock sat ready within the small lounge the place Polly’s site visitors often assembled sooner than luncheon. It was once 5 previous six. quickly Brenda pulled on her stocking, stepped into her shoe, and joined the women. “Most enjoyable,” she stated. “Why, how bizarre you all glance. ” “Jock Grant-Menzies desires to see you downstairs. ” “Jock? How very awesome. It isn’t whatever lousy, is it? ” “You greater pass and notice him. ” all of sudden Brenda grew to become apprehensive through the unusual air of the room and the strange expression in her neighbors’ faces. She ran downstairs to the room the place Jock was once ready. “What is it, Jock? inform me speedy, I’m scared. It’s not anything lousy, is it? ” “I’m afraid it truly is. There’s been a really severe coincidence. ” “John? ” “Yes. ” “Dead?

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