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Mr. Loveday's little outing

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Mr. Loveday's little outing
Evelyn Waugh
Born on the 28th of October 1903
In the 1930s Evelyn travelled a lot. He served in the British armed forces during Second World War. He had a mental breakdown. All these experiences were used in Evelyn's fiction.
Before Second World War, his worked was based on the upper-class, he was against the upper-class being treated like better persons in society.
Title explanation
“Well, miss, it sounds ungrateful, but I can’t deny I should welcome a little outing, once, before I get too old to enjoy it. I except we all have our secret ambitions, and there is one thing I often wish I could do. You mustn’t ask me what… it wouldn’t take long.”
“I could settle down again easier, and devote myself to the poor crazed people here with a better heart. Yes, I do feel that.”
Tension
The little outing is the climax of the story.
Two questions which will be answered in the story:
Will Angela manage to get Mr. Loveday free?
What will the little outing be?
Unanswered questions:
What are the consequences for Angela?
Will she get to know what happened?
Whose fault is the dead of the woman?
What are the consequences for sir Roderick
Symbolism
Lady Moping, Angela and the doctors represent upper- and lower-class.
Lady Moping's annual garden party is also a symbol of the upper-class. When the party is ruined, her reputation can also be ruined.
Other symbols of upper- and lower-class are:
Mr. Loveday is the secretary of sir Moping
The gift of sir Moping, the golden cigarette cage.
The last name of Lady and Sir Moping means whining, which refers to sir Moping.
Other namesymbols in the story, Lord and Lady, Angela and Mr Loveday
Characters
Lord Moping is a man of the upper-class society. Has a desire of complete control. He lives in a County Home for mental defectives.
Lady Moping is the wife of Lord Moping, also an upper-class woman. She is ignorant and selfish and doesn't pay attention to how Angela is feeling about the situation with Mr. Loveday, because he is a lower-class man.
Angela is the daughter of Lord and Lady Moping. She is a friendly and innocent woman, though she is a little naive.
Mr. Loveday also lives in the County Home for mental defectives. He is known in the institution as a friendly and helpful person. When he gets out he's back in two hours.
"Will he be wearing a uniform?" asked Angela. "No, dear, of course not. He is receiving the very best attention."
I have come back, I think that now I shall be here for good. I’ve enjoyed myself very much. I’d been promising myself one little treat, all these years. It was short, sir, but most enjoyable. Now I shall be able to settle down again to my work here without any regrets.
Themes
General themes of Waugh are: rapid, unattributed dialogue.
In this story:
Madness, because Mr. Loveday is a complete mad men
The bad attitude against the upper-class, the writer is against the upper-class which becomes clear in the story.
Lord Moping's megalomania, his unnatural great desire for power and control.
Trust, the trust Angela has in Mr. Loveday.
Manipulation, the way Mr. Loveday manipulates Angela.
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