10 Forsythia Grove
CORSETTSHIRE ZY6 4GT
My Dear Ralph
Today I received a telephone call from Marian, Pom-Pom's sister. The dear old fellow apparently died at 4.00am this morning. Frankly dear, I am relieved that his long struggle is finally over. Indeed a whole era is over. He was that rare thing in our society: a good man, and I will miss him.
Marian did ask me if I would like to attend his funeral, but I said I felt that the redoubtable Xanthe would not welcome my presence at this event - and that Pom-Pom and I had said all that we needed to say to one another while he was alive. Of course, that still leaves Meribel, Pom-Pom's cat, whose care I took over when he was no longer able to safely stoop down to the cat litter. Meribel is getting old now, and I don't know how much longer she herself will last; however, she is here with me at Forsythia Grove and we will get on as best we can.