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Записи пользователя: Brideshead (список заголовков)
17:14 

By Alias Clio

Brideshead
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I am very fond of Evelyn Waugh’s memoir, A Little Learning. I like its careful, measured tones, and its detachment. Two of my favourite passages in it, though, were not written by Waugh himself, but come from letters he received from his friend and mentor Francis Crease, an eccentric recluse who tutored him in calligraphy. The first passage that struck me is about the love of beauty in life as well as in art:

This evening while you were in Chapel was one of extraordinary splendour, and I wished you also might have been touched by it. For myself, the shadows of the prison house have fallen long ago, but now and again some shape of beauty lifts the shadow for a time. It is so much easier to feel one could write “Resentment Poems” than “Songs of Exuberance”; I hope it may never be so with you.

What I have in mind is the hope that you, like so many others of intelligence, may not run after definitions of Art and Beauty and the like, feeling the definition and failing to feel the Beauty itself as it approaches on an evening like this evening. I can think of an Oxford friend at this moment who feels nature described in a sonnet and sitting in his arm-chair, but seems to fail in the open air. And again I remember a Don at Oxford learned in Greek gems telling me how all the other Dons would be interested in curious knowledge and facts about any gem, but its beauty always, or nearly always escaped them.

No Flemish painter of the seventeenth century or English school of the nineteenth could hope to convey more than a suggestion of the visionary splendour of this evening.



Another passage from a letter by Mr Crease, on friendship, also made a strong impression on me; it was written in response to a complaint by Waugh that he lacked any sense of purpose in his life:
What you ask today to have, no one has completely and indeed many of the best only have sufficient light for the day or the nearest duty. You will not be humble - humility seldom appeals to youth — but nothing less will do…You must have sufficient light to know of the day of small things that surround you when you are at School or at home. If you despise them darkness will come not light. It is only by doing them that more light will come that is any true light. Success and conceit close the windows. You have more light than most, far more. What is the matter is impatience nothing more or less — I can be as direct as you sometimes and you don’t like it so much in others as in yourself — but it is good for you. You want a friend who is a thorn in the flesh not an echo. I shall disappoint you in many things — Alas! that it must be so — but in this I will not disappoint you. [Emphasis mine]


Since I first read that, I’ve tried to remind myself in moments of crisis with friends that I need a “thorn in my side” rather than an “echo”. Of course, it doesn’t do to turn it the other way around and think overmuch about ways to become a thorn in the side to one’s friends. Best to let this perception of you develop in them naturally, as it almost certainly will, over time.




@темы: waugh

03:51 

michelleoverseas: By the way, the photo is from one of the...

Brideshead
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michelleoverseas:



By the way, the photo is from one of the tombs in the Christ Church College cathedral. During the Reformation, many of the heads of statues were destroyed as a kind of symbolic destruction.





@темы: oxford

02:31 

Photo

Brideshead
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05:11 

diegoherran: Oxford Brook

Brideshead
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@темы: oxford

07:01 

weirdmindwanders: ~The Quad at Sunset~

Brideshead
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@темы: oxford

05:55 

"Sebastian Flyte describes his family as ‘social lepers’."

Brideshead
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“Sebastian Flyte describes his family as ‘social lepers’.”

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Mad World by Paula Byrne


Byrne is sometimes so annoyingly inaccurate when it comes to quoteng and interpreting Brideshead one could thing she really doesn’t know what she is investigating. This one quote is probably one of the best-known Brideshead quotes ever – the last part of it at least. How could one possibly get it wrong?



“He says he knows my father, which is impossible.”
“Why?”
“No one knows Papa. He’s a social leper. Hadn’t you heard?”
“It’s a pity neither of us can sing,” I said.





@темы: byrne, i spit on you

04:47 

"Evelyn [Waugh]’s favourite [of the Lygon sisters] was blonde Maimie. […] Photographs..."

Brideshead
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“Evelyn [Waugh]’s favourite [of the Lygon sisters] was blonde Maimie. […] Photographs show her dressed in furs and cloche hat, carrying her ferocious one-eyed Pekingese, Grainger.*”

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Mad World by Paula Byrne



“Ah, Lady Julia, good morning to you, good morning. And how is the Peke this hunting morning?”





@темы: byrne, i am not i, julia

03:42 

-coralrigby: I took this photograph when I went to see Oxford...

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-coralrigby:



I took this photograph when I went to see Oxford University last week, and Oxford Brookes University. The city is absolutely stunning and is thriving with classic coffee shops, expensive brands and Oxford students. I would love to study English Literature there.





@темы: oxford

02:37 

"[Hugh Lygon] was suffering from what his sisters called ‘second son syndrome’."

Brideshead
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“[Hugh Lygon] was suffering from what his sisters called ‘second son syndrome’.”

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Mad World by Paula Byrne



“He wanted to be a priest, you know.”
“I didn’t.”
“I think he still does. He nearly became a Jesuit, straight from Stonyhurst. It was awful for Mummy. She couldn’t exactly try and stop him, but of course it was the last thing she wanted. Think what people would have said — the eldest son; it’s not as if it had been me.”





@темы: byrne, i am not i, sebastian

01:27 

oxforddreams: Worcester College, Oxford

Brideshead
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oxforddreams:



Worcester College, Oxford





@темы: oxford

00:20 

"I though the Boom chapel at Madresfield the saddest thing I ever saw."

Brideshead
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“I though the Boom chapel at Madresfield the saddest thing I ever saw.”

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Evelyn Waugh


[via Mad World by Paula Byrne]




@темы: i am not i, brideshead, religion, waugh

23:14 

iamkcee: Oxford University. <3

Brideshead
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iamkcee:



Oxford University. <3





@темы: oxford

22:08 

"The whole interior had been gutted, elaborately refurnished and redecorated in the ..."

Brideshead
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“The whole interior had been gutted, elaborately refurnished and redecorated in the arts-and-crafts style of the last decade of the nineteenth century. Angels in printed cotton smocks, rambler-roses, flower-spangled meadows, frisking lambs, texts in Celtic sсript, saints in armour, covered the walls in an intricate pattern of clear, bright colours. There was a triptych of pale oak, carved so as to give it the peculiar property of seeming to have been moulded in plasticine. The sanctuary lamp and all the metal furniture were of bronze, and-beaten to the patina of a pockmarked skin; the altar steps had a carpet of grass-green, strewn with white and gold daisies.

“Golly,” I said.

“It was Papa’s wedding present to Mamma. Now, if you’ve seen enough, we’ll go.””

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Evelyn [Waugh] changes the gold triptych to pale oak and the sanctuary lamp and metal furniture to bronze, but otherwise there is no mistaking the Madresfield chapel.



Mad World by Paula Byrne





@темы: brideshead, byrne, i am not i, religion

05:54 

Physical tricks of the family

Brideshead
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Physical tricks of the family




@темы: I am not I, Lord Marchmain, bridey, sebastian, unhealthy pictures

04:49 

"Madresfield was a red-brick, moated manor house with yellow stone facings around the doors and..."

Brideshead
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“Madresfield was a red-brick, moated manor house with yellow stone facings around the doors and windows. On sunny days one could see the golden carp and the blue flash or a kingfisher in the moat, which is twenty feet wide. (Charles compares Julia Flyte to a kingfisher.)”

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Mad World by Paula Byrne



That night and the night after and the night after, wherever she went, always in her own little circle of intimates, she brought to all whose eyes were open to it a moment of joy, such as strikes deep to the heart on the river’s bank when the kingfisher suddenly flames across dappled water.





@темы: byrne, charles, julia

03:41 

einbear: i want a cottage on logic lane

Brideshead
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einbear:



i want a cottage on logic lane





@темы: oxford

02:34 

"Madresfield was special because it had been home to the same family for eight centuries. Like the..."

Brideshead
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“Madresfield was special because it had been home to the same family for eight centuries. Like the mythical Brideshead, the real Madresfield had been remodeled several times. Parts were Jacobean, but there had been a major renovation in the style of Victorian Gothic.”

- Mad World by Paula Byrne


@темы: brideshead, byrne, i am not i

01:31 

oxforddreams: Wadham College, Oxford

Brideshead
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oxforddreams:



Wadham College, Oxford





@темы: oxford

00:20 

"[When in 1931 Evelyn Waugh visited Madresfield for the first time, he] took the Great Western..."

Brideshead
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“[When in 1931 Evelyn Waugh visited Madresfield for the first time, he] took the Great Western Railway to Malvern Link. In future years he would travel to Worcester on a quicker train, where Maimie would pick him up in the car and drive him back to Madresfield: the experience of being a passenger driven up to a stately home by a beautiful flapper girl would be recreated in ‘Brideshead’.”

- Mad World by Paula Byrne


@темы: byrne, i am not i, julia, motifs, waugh

23:16 

warempage: View on Fez #3 on Flickr.

Brideshead
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Brideashead revisited

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