George Sitwell: "Did you know my great grandfather was Sir Sitwell Sitwell."He-Evelyn: "Interesting.If my wife ever leaves me I may call myself Evelyn Evelyn in an effort to feel I haven't lost anything - but rather gained something - through the transaction." Did She-Evelyn then squeeze the hand of He-Evelyn to register both her amusement and their connection?But I'm going to take my time demonstrating as much.Indeed, imagine you've been invited to a country house for the weekend.
All writers and intellectuals; all born of an idiosyncratic father and an uneducated mother. Evelyn tells us that Sir George and Lady Ida were never together at meals.)The above photo is particularly apt for the anecdote Evelyn tells about the young Sitwells' relationship to both a footman and their mother.
Ignoring the settlement in the mining valley nearby, its streets packed with terraced housing, Sir George declared What George Sitwell meant, of course, was that there may be all sorts of common people living in the dark valley below - masses of the blighters - but that as far as he was concerned they didn't count.
Evelyn Waugh calling George Sitwell a snob may be the pot calling the kettle black, but I want to focus on another aspect of the anecdote.
According to Evelyn, Sachie liked talking about sex, Osbert was very shy, and Edith wholly ignorant.
There is a famous photo by Cecil Beaton of the Sitwell siblings, which it seems right to place here.