[The following passage was discovered in 2007 in an early draft of Anthony Powell's novel
At Lady Molly's. It was presented at a joint meeting of the Anthony Powell and Sigfrid Siwertz societies held earlier this month in Stockholm, where it was the occasion for considerable debate.]
I suddenly realised that the person talking with Sir Magnus was General Conyers, whom I had not seen in over a year. I scanned his face anxiously - at that age, senility can set in with terrible suddenness - but he seemed almost preternaturally unchanged. A moment later, he had moved over to join me.
"You look well, sir," I hazarded.
"Keeping busy," said the General. "That's the important thing. Had I started reading Swedish when we last met?"The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures