Waugh’s last diary entry

October 29 2011

No loss of talent, only of will. End of the entry. It doesn’t matter who Dunne is, but here is a Wikipedia page. The word he uses is selfish, not unselfish.

“Easter 1965

On Maundy Thursday appeared a notice in the paper under the heading ‘Death of Former Unionist MP’. I did not recognize this as Phil Dunne until Christopher Sykes told me on Saturday. He was my age. I saw him just before Christmas, elegant, gay, and I thought how little he had aged compared with myself. He was completely selfish without an element of conceit or self-assertion, debonair, never boring, never morose; a finely controlled temptation to malice; chivalrous, with a sense of private honour uncommon nowadays. Though I saw him seldom in late years, a deeply valued friend whom I shall miss bitterly.”

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Michael Davie, editor, The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976.

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