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‘You wouldn’t have lost it?’ He couldn’t have lost it. Not after Aubrey had taken months of trouble to find him. People who wrote plays were a silly and neurotic lot on the whole - the ones without talent being more silly and more neurotic than the ones with it, as Aubrey knew very well. But what they didn’t do was lose their plays. Nor were they cagey when you asked to read their plays. Usually it was all you could do to stop them reading the plays themselves, aloud, or at least standing over you, savouring the dialogue over your shoulder.’