DIANA ‘DARLING BABY’ COOPER BY MAN RAY
Evelyn to Diana
Grand Hotel Nuwaraeliya, Ceylon
18 February 1954
The first letter you have ever written to me with a pen.
A very sweet letter too.
I can’t write with the tenderness I feel for a very odd reason.
There is a group of psychologists a thousand miles away
who read every word I write over my shoulder.
As I write this I can hear their odious voices repeating it word for word.
You will think I have finally gone out of my mind
and am suffering the wildest aberrations of persecution mania,
but this is the strict truth.
I fell victim to them on board ship when I was ill and full of drugs.
It began with an elaborate series of practical jokes during which I was convinced I was insane.
My sufferings were exquisite but now I know that it is merely a trick of telepathy.
I will tell you the whole saga when we meet.
I can’t say in the presence of these eavesdroppers how much my heart and prayers are yours.
They break into cackles of laughter at any expression of that kind.
I wish I could come to Athens with you but I am slinking home at once.
This trip has been a most painful failure.
Ceylon is lovely but densely crowded –
film companies and international congresses filling every hotel and rest-house
and I am very lonely and low spirited so I should be poor company.
Well that’s rather silly because of course if we were together I shouldn’t be lonely, should I?
Oh, dear, you will think me insane or possessed by devils.
Perhaps you have something there.
Darling Baby I will write again when these fearful voices are silent.
All my love
MR WU & MRS STITCH
THE LETTERS OF EVELYN WAUGH & DIANA COOPER
EDITED BY ARTEMIS COOPER
Greater Victoria Public Library
EVELYN WAUTH, AGE 26 BY HENRY LAMB