Some time ago, I referred to a rude postcard I received years ago from Evelyn Waugh. Someone wanted to know what it was about. Well, I've just unearthed it (I'm in the middle of clearing out a revoltingly dusty cupboard) and the card goes thus (I had written to asking him to speak to the Reading University Catholic Society):
Thank you for your kind invitiation to Reading. I must, alas, refuse as I have nothing whatever to say. E.W.
Well not rude perhaps so much as abrupt. Any offers? I don't know what to do with it.
I was telling my daughter about this when she phoned half-an-hour ago, and "who's Evelyn Waugh" says she. With her English A level, too.