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Slugs And Shaws

George Bernard Shaw, photographed in 1925

1950: The playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw died on 2 November. Three weeks later, in accordance with the terms of his will, his ashes were mingled with those of his wife, who had died in 1943, and scattered in the garden of their village home.

Harold Nicolson visited the Shaws’ house on 11 December. Nicolson and his wife, Vita Sackville-West, were enthusiastic gardeners. Nicolson cast an expert eye over the garden; he wasn’t impressed. He also noted in his diary that the Shaws’ ashes were still visible on the paths and flower beds. “Just like the stuff Viti puts down for slugs.”

Source: Harold Nicolson, Diaries and Letters 1907–1964, ed. Nigel Nicolson (2004), pp. 373–4

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