The Pursuit Of Love Novel By Nancy Mitford

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There is a photograph in existence of Aunt Sadie and her six children sitting around the tea table at Alcon Leigh.

The table is situated, as it was, is now, and ever shall be, in the hall, in front of a huge open fire of logs.

Over the chimney-piece plainly visible in the photograph, hangs an entrenching tool, with which, in 1915, Uncle Matthew had whacked to death eight Germans one by one as they crawled out of a dug-out.

It is still covered with blood and hairs, an object of fascination to us as children.

In the photograph Aunt Sadie’s face, always beautiful, appears strangely round, her hair strangely fluffy, and her clothes strangely dowdy, but it is unmistakably she who sits there with Robin, in oceans of lace.

Lolling on her knee. She seems uncertain what to do with his head, and the presence of Nanny waiting to take him away is felt though not seen.

The other children, between Louisa’s clever and Matt’s two years, sit around the table in party dresses or frilly bibs, holding cups or mugs according to age.

All of them gazing at the camera with large eyes opened wide by the flash, and all looking as if butter would not melt in their round pursed-up mouths.

There they are, held like flies in the amber of that moment-click goes the camera and on goes life; the minutes, the days, the years, the decades.

Taking them further and further from that happiness and promise of youth, from the hopes Aunt Sadie must have had for them, and from the dreams they dreamed for themselves.

I often think there is nothing quite so poignantly sad as old family groups.

When a child I spent my Christmas holidays at Alcon Leigh, it was a regular feature of my life.

While some of them slipped by with nothing much to remember, others were distinguished by violent occurrences and had a definite character of their own.

AuthorNancy Mitford
PDF Size15.1 MB
CategoryFiction & Novel


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