. . . the bedrooms with their brass bedsteads, each with a frieze of Gothic text, each named from Malory, Yseult, Elaine, Mordred and Merlin, Gawaine and Bedivere, Lancelot, Perceval, Tristram, Galahad, his own dressing-room, Morgan le Fay, and Brenda’s Guinevere, where the bed stood on a dais, the walls hung with tapestry . . . This passage occurs near the start of Evelyn Waugh’s novel A Handful of Dust, published in 1934. It forms part of the description of Hetton Abbey, the family home of the novel’s protagonist, Tony Last. At the beginning of the novel Tony is secure and content in this home, deep in the rural west of England, with his wife, Brenda and his son, John Andrew.