By Charles Ritchie
In his first ebook, The Siren Years, the general public was once brought to Charles Ritchie as a tender diplomat serving with the Canadian Embassy in wartime London. In Diplomatic Passport, we stick with his occupation as he climbs the rungs of the diplomatic-service ladder – as an consultant to the Canadian Delegation to the Paris Peace convention in 1946; as a Counsellor on the Canadian Embassy in Paris, the place his buddies have a good time Ritchie Week – to the city’s shock; as Assistant, Deputy, and appearing Under-Secretary of kingdom for exterior Affairs in Ottawa; as Canadian Ambassador to Bonn, the place he reveals himself reciting Little pink using Hood in German at a country dinner; and as everlasting Ambassador of Canada to the United international locations.
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No one to see all this summer luxuriance of foliage and flowers but a few children left behind for some particular reason in Paris – and an old woman in carpet slippers and a scowling gendarme. 11 August 1947. Picnic organized by Diana to an eighteenth-century folly – La Tour de Retz – now tumbling down and overgrown with ivy, the garden a wilderness of brambles and wild roses. Diana and Cecil Beaton (echoes of how many fêtes champêtres of the twenties) suited the place as they draped themselves about a crumbling urn.
In the evenings, when I come back after the day’s Conference session is over, General Pope often joins me for a chat in the faded elegance of my hotel sitting-room, with its raspberry-coloured satin curtains. He is a delightful companion, witty and quirky. As Canadian representative on the Commission for the Peace Treaty with Romania, he is always stepping out of the line of his instructions. As we have few direct Canadian interests in the Romanian Treaty, he has been told that we should follow the British lead.
Anne-Marie Callimachi1 is here on a visit from London. She talks of Romania, from which she was clever enough to escape in time, saying that a communist takeover is richly deserved by her own class, that they have been corrupt and rapacious. However, she still manages to get substantial slices of her fortune out of that country. She is bored with my interest in French politics and says that Paris is the worst place to find out what is happening in Europe, as the French are so self-engrossed. She claims to be in a state of suicidal depression but appears in high spirits, buying new hats and a Modigliani painting, and up to her ears in mysterious financial deals through her banker in Switzerland.