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Author QuotedEvelyn Waugh
Title QuotedHelena
Date (Year/Month/Day)1950/12/15
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1950
QuotationThis letter has two purposes: to thank you for Helena and to wish you a holy Christmas"”and even a merry one, although the legend is abroad that I have gone Jansenist. Helena came when I was in the hospital. It was handed to me on the afternoon of the day when I had had three inches of bone cut out of my nose and was parked in bed with a nose full of bandages, commanded to sit up for twenty-four hours behaving in all respects like Queen Victoria. It was then that I started in on Old King Cole. I compliment you on your fidelity to the traditional picture of this King. Unfortunately your use of the famous ballad almost made me have a haemmhorage (if that is how you spell it). I am afraid that those on this side of the Atlantic who have never sung it will miss some of the nicest pages in the book.
Quotation SourceThe Courage for Truth: Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers.; Selected and edited by Christine M. Bochen. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993, p. 18
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