Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Never mind the Velasquez, here's the Duchess of Devonshire

Deborah, the last of the Mitford sisters, has died at the age of 94. The Mitfords: Letters between Six Sisters is an amazing and unique book. When I heard the news I couldn't help recalling her letter about when they had a bomb scare at Chatsworth House in 1972. I love the idea of the policeman suggesting they might search the house. Since Chatsworth has 126 rooms it would be hard to accomplish this in the half hour before the bomb went off.  You hear a lot about people being "cool". Deborah was cool before it was invented.


  1. The power cuts, the bomb scares and at dinner a bottle of wine that was smuggled in from France. Ah yes, those were the days.

    Note the use of 'pudding' and not your namby-pamby 'desert'; proper sign of The Quality that is, if you don't mind me saying so sir.

  2. Apparently "Woman", the one with the new car, was Pamela, the least famous Mitford sister. A Zeppo Mitford. Or actually more like a Gummo Mitford, I suppose.

  3. The Hitler connection is fascinating, sexy and chilling all at the same time.