I came to Evenlyn Waugh late, the year after I left school. What's worse is that I read the serious stuff first, Brideshead Revisited and then the Sword of Honour trilogy. It was only during another trip to England and Scotland that I picked up some lovely paperback editions of Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies and Scoop Suffice it to say that I I scarcely had a chance to catch my breath from laughing so hard.
So I was surprised and saddened when I read the obituaries of Ms. Teresa Jungman. Ms. Jungman, better known as "Baby," has been mentioned as the model for Lady Julia Flyte but is probably more closely related to some of the lovely and energetic well-born ladies from Waugh's earlier works. Wagh was so taken with Ms. Jungman he proposed to her, repeatedly. It ws probably for the best the Ms. Jungman turned him down as she would have had an enervating effect on Mr. Waugh. --I can't quite see Mr. Waugh enjoying those long, quite days that were necessary for his prolific production.
Another age finally draws to a close. I didn't know Ms. Jungman was still alive. And now I find myself mourning her passing.
Here are a sample of the obituaries:The Sunday TimesThe Telegraph