A Handful of Dust

By Evelyn Waugh

After seven years of marriage, the attractive woman Brenda final has grown tired of 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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John used to be very close to tears as they reached the most highway. “Look,” stated Ben, to motivate him. “Here comes leave out Ripon on that nappy bay. turns out as though she’s getting in, too. Had a fall via the appearance of her. ” pass over Ripon’s hat and again have been lined with dust and moss. She had had a foul twenty mins after her disappearance. “I’m taking him away,” she stated. “I can’t do whatever with him this morning. ” She jogged alongside beside them in the direction of the village. “I notion probably Mr. final might permit me arise to the home and phone for the auto. I don’t believe like hacking him domestic in his current nation. I can’t imagine what’s come over him,” she further loyally. “He was once out on Saturday. I’ve by no means recognized him like this sooner than. ” “He desires a guy up,” stated Ben. “Oh, he’s no higher with the groom, and daddy won’t cross close to him,” stated omit Ripon, stung to indiscretion. “At least… I suggest… I don’t imagine that they’d be any higher with him during this kingdom. ” He used to be quiet sufficient at that second, preserving velocity with the opposite horses. They rode abreast, she at the open air with John’s pony among her and Ben. Then this occurred: they reached a flip within the street and got here nose to nose with one of many single-decker state buses that lined that local. It was once not likely quick and, seeing the horses, the driving force bogged down nonetheless additional and drew into the facet. Mr. Tendril’s niece, who had additionally despaired of the day’s game, was once following in the back of them at a quick distance on her motor bicycle; she too bogged down and, gazing that pass over Ripon’s horse used to be prone to be tricky, stopped. Ben stated, “Let me cross first, leave out. He’ll stick with. Don’t carry too tough on his mouth and simply provide him a faucet. ” pass over Ripon did as she used to be advised; all people actually behaved with whole good-sense. They drew abreast of the omnibus. pass over Ripon’s horse didn't love it, however it appeared as if he might get via. The passengers watched with enjoyment. At that second the motor bicycle, operating lightly in impartial equipment, fired again into the cylinder with a pointy detonation. For a moment leave out Ripon’s horse stood inflexible with alarm; then, menaced in entrance and in the back of, he did what used to be typical to him and shied sideways, cannoning violently into the horse at his facet. John used to be knocked from the saddle and fell at the highway whereas omit Ripon’s bay, rearing and skidding, persevered to plunge clear of the bus. “Take a carry of him, pass over. Use your whip,” shouted Ben. “The boy’s down. ” She hit him and the pony accrued himself and bolted up the line into the village, yet prior to he went one in every of his heels struck out and despatched John into the trench, the place he lay bent double, completely nonetheless. every person agreed that it used to be nobody’s fault. * It used to be approximately an hour ahead of the inside track reached Jock and Mrs. Rattery, the place they have been ready beside one other clean covert. Colonel Inch stopped looking for the day and despatched the hounds again to the kennels. The voices have been hushed which, 5 mins ahead of, were proclaiming that they knew it for a truth, final had given orders to shoot each fox at the position.

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