3 JUNE 1972, Page 28

Waugh bash

Sir: Your reviewer, Mr Auberon Waugh (May 13) writing with some condescension and great learning on The Ballroom of Romance by William Trevor, carefully explains to men of lesser learning the derivation of the title of short story called 0 Fat White Woman,' Mr Waugh says "Mr Trevor explores the image conjured by Lear's memorable couplet: Why do you walk through the field in gloves, O fat white woman whom nobody loves?"

Mr Waugh missing so much and, so much is misquoting part of a triolet written by Frances Cornford in 1908.

Mary Leedham-Green 18 South Green, Southwold, Suffolk