Mr Loveday’s Little Outing by Evelyn Waugh is a short story that revolves around the theme of madness. Visiting her father, who has been in an “asylum” (mental hospital) for many years for trying to take his own life, Angela meets Mr Loveday, her father’s caretaker. Although Mr Loveday is also an “inmate” (patient) for having killed “a young woman quite unknown to him, whom he knocked off her bicycle and then throttled.” Angela thinks that the thirty-five years Mr Loveday has spent in the “asylum” cured him, so she arranges for his release.
Once released, Mr Loveday goes on his outing and does the “one thing I often wish I could do. You mustn’t ask what… It wouldn’t take long.” Find out what Mr Loveday’s plans were by reading the short story here.
Evelyn Waugh was a British satirical novelist and short story writer born in London in 1903. He died in 1966.