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688Sword of Honour-disinheritance?

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  • Nigel PJ
    Jul 30, 2014
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      The Wikipedia entry for SoH states: "After the end of the war Guy meets the daughter of another old Roman Catholic family and marries her. In Waugh's first version of the novel's conclusion, Guy and his second wife produce further children who are ironically to be disinherited by Trimmer's son. Waugh altered this ending to an uncompromisingly childless marriage in the revised text, after realising that some readers interpreted such a conclusion as hopeful. "No nippers for Guy," he clarified in a letter to Nancy Mitford. Even so, Waugh died in 1966 but the Penguin 1974 reprint he has two sons with (his wife) Domenica Plessington." (my italics)
      That Guy and his second wife produce further children who are ironically to be disinherited by Trimmer's son is not a reading that is substantiated by the first edition. It states on the final page (311) "Angela's Uncle Peregrine left his little bit to the child. Wasn't such a very little bit either." No reference there to Guy's will. Also as young Trimmer (Gervase) is the elder of the three children  and Guy's lawful heir there is no reason to assume any disinheritance.
      However, as Waugh changed the ending, this perhaps shouldn't concern us? Although, as with inheritance and wills, precedence usually counts.
      Nigel PJ
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