My dear Bertie
writes the Viceroy of India to his friend the 6th Earl of Clarendon in a letter of 15 March 1932:
Thanks so much for your letter, & the personal one enclosed. My poor boy has had a very rough time, & the girl appears to have gone mad about this pilot. […] it will be hard for him to start again all alone. I really thought my two young people were the happiest couple in the world.
When I read an opener like that I lean in for the whole story: please continue, Viceroy! But that, sadly, is all he divulges about the girl or her pilot.
Luckily, it was not difficult to find out more.