To his father's surprise, Charlie has made an impetuous decision to join the Coldstream Guards as a squaddie. But true to form, he regrets it almost immediately. And his father writes him encouraging letters about his own days in the army, not always glorious, and relates the usual tales from home. "In the Hyperion Bar a blonde lady stood me a large Irish whiskey which I naturally accepted ... It would be interesting and doubtless humiliating too, to discover who she thought I really was."
Read by David Horovitch and Nicky Henson
Abridged and Produced by Jane Marshall
A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.