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Quotation: Daphne Du Maurier, c. 1922

“…upon an earlier piece of pink blotting-paper there is the drawing of a heart, pierced by an arrow, and the words ‘I love Basil’ scribbled upon it. This, I know very well, refers to the actor Basil Rathbone, who had performed as the hero in the adaptation of Grandpapa’s novel PETER IBBETSON, staged some months before. It was time, I must have told myself, that I too found an idol or ‘crush’ … and Basil Rathbone, dark and handsome, made a fine candidate, especially when he helped us at the hoopla stall … Passion withered when he appeared – I think at a garden party D and M gave at Cannon Hall – wearing a straw boater, and though I tried hard to flog the dying embers … I didn’t succeed. I wonder what I should have said had I known that over twenty years later he would act the part of wicked Lord Rockingham in the film adaptation of one of my own novels, FRENCHMAN’S CREEK, and in pursuit of the heroine, Dona, crash …

Quotation: James Agate, 1921

“…like a painting by a Renaissance master (his profile reminds me always of Michelangelo’s study for the head of Leda), with such vibrant colour, such dark grey eyes and sooty lashes, such cream and olive skin, and the lithe body of an athlete. He is perfection, but he has eaten the fruit, is a David, with knowing eyes, and he bestows himself like a royal gift, expecting royal tribute in return…” JAMES AGATE, THEATRE CRITIC, About Basil Rathbone, 1921 cited on “The Most Gentle Magical Person…”

Quotation: Aldous Huxley, 1916

“…A thin wire-taut young man was standing in the hall. He was wearing a great coat with a 2nd Lieutenant’s insignia and was examining our brave new plaque for the honouring of the Repton war dead. The noise of our advance made him turn his head. Even without the coat and the careful scanning of the names, one could have told what he was. You could see them evrywhere, our scapegoats, translucent beings through whom a diffuse despair seemed to phosphoresce…”