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September 3 9 Files a petition for divorce. Attends the solicitor's office in order to fulfil the legal requirement of serving the petition on his wife; Heygate, as co-respondent, is also present. Vile Bodies is probably finished by the end of this month. October 28 EW's 26th birthday. Wall Street Crash precipitates world economic crisis. Towards the end of the month, pays a short visit to Paris. November During this month, pays a longer visit to Paris, spending two weeks at the Guinness family flat at 12, rue de Poitiers; Nancy Mitford is also there.
Goes to the Manor House, Mells, Somerset, the home of Katharine Asquith, to which he makes many subsequent visits. Sees Christopher Hollis, who lives in Mells village, and later returns to London. D. Peters, and is busy with preparations for the journey to Abyssinia. Sees Olivia Plunket Greene. Leaves for Rome by the overland route, arriving the next day. August 3 (Mon) Goes to Assisi, which he greatly likes, returning to Rome on the 6th and proceeding in the evening to Naples. 7 Sails from Naples on the Leonardo da Vinci, via Port Said (11th) and Masawa (15-16th), for Djibouti; reads The Pickwick Papers on the voyage.
July 4 8 (Sun) Receives a visit from his parents. Goes to London and sees Alastair Graham; they both stay overnight at the Waugh home. 10 Dines with the Cockburns. About the middle of the month, spends a weekend in London with Alastair Graham and sees Tony Bushell, both of whom return with him to Aston Clinton. On the 18th, goes with Alastair to Windsor. During the next few days, in the intervals of marking examination papers, writes an essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (finished on the 23rd).
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