Magazine article The Spectator

Pause for Thought

Magazine article The Spectator

Pause for Thought

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I READ an extraordinary story in the papers recently about the son of a woman described as a 'champion bridge player', who, while she was dying of a terminal illness, sent her a letter full of rage which he assumed she'd be too ill to read. She didn't have 'the emotional capacity to bring up a dog, let alone a child', he wrote, and signed off: 'I am, regrettably, your son.'

Days later, his mother made a temporary recovery, read the letter, and stripped him of his six-figure inheritance.

The son has now lost his two-year battle to overturn the will; his mother's bridge partner had testified to her 'razor-sharp' mind in the last weeks of her life and the judge ruled that her behaviour could not be described as irrational.

One can't possibly know from a newspaper report exactly what was going on -but it did occur to me that if the son had taken up bridge as well, this might never have happened. …

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