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Abstract: As the frontispiece of Book One of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, the phrase 'Et in Arcadia ego' announces the author's intention of making the. PAGANISM IN BRIDESHEAD REVISITED AND SHELDON VANAUKEN'S A SEVERE MERCY BY JUSTIN KEENA Brideshead Revisited, according to Evelyn . Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second World Epub, epub, If you cannot open file on your mobile device.

She is an astute psychologist. She is aware that the Sebastian Charles used to know must still be associated in his mind with these sorts of things, not with pain, holiness, and religious asceticism: They try and hide it as much as they can, but it comes out all the time.

The third and final use of the word comes toward the end of the novel in another conversation between Cordelia and Charles about Sebastian. On the contrary, it arguably reveals the narrative structure of the novel. Paganism is therefore essential to the structure of the novel. The pagan ideal is built into the very foundation of Brideshead; and, given the teleology of the plot, so is its tension with the Catholic-Christian ascetic ideal. It is my further contention that the paganism of the novel is most apparent in its characteristically frequent, and characteristically sensual, descriptions of persons, places, architecture, scenery, food, drink, smells, and sounds.

When Oxford is introduced in the next paragraph, equal emphasis is placed on the beauty of the weather and the vitality of the flora, to which is added the exquisite architecture, the ringing bell music, and the quietly joyous atmosphere of the place.

Ryder recalls how her autumnal mists, her grey springtime, and the rare glory of her summer days—such as that day—when the chestnut was in flower and the bells rang out high and clear over her gables and cupolas, exhaled soft vapours of a thousand years of learning.

It was this cloistral hush which gave our laughter its resonance, and carried it still, joyously, over the intervening clamour. Waugh has made Charles write his autobiography as a pagan, with pronounced emphasis on the voluptuous and the epicurean: On the other hand, Charles himself tends to think and as it is his autobiography, it is his thoughts that are central that the pleasures of the palate are extraordinarily important—more important, at times, than other people. At one point Charles, meeting with Rex, does his best to pay attention to the culinary delights of their meeting to the exclusion of their communication.

In twenty minutes I should have been ready for all he had to tell. At other points in the novel, the visual setting of a meal conveys just as much epicurean opulence as the meal itself. When Lord Marchmain returns to Brideshead to die, his decline is gradual but steady.

Nevertheless, on one particular evening at dinner-time, Lord Marchmain was in good spirits; the room had a Hogarthian aspect, with the dinner-table set for the four of us by the grotesque, chinoiserie chimney-piece, and the old man propped among his pillows, sipping champagne, tasting, praising, and failing to eat the succession of dishes which had been prepared for his homecoming.

Collecting more than a few of the many other lush and sensual descriptions in the novel would quickly become tedious—or rather, given the subject matter, intoxicating and perhaps even nauseating. But if the amount of drinking would not, when recalled in rapid succession, eventually turn our stomachs, perhaps the amount of smells would.

Or if not the smells, then the food would eventually nauseate; there is so much of it that even the people are described in culinary terms. He explains the major historical and autobiographical reason for the sensuality of the book in his Preface as follows. I have modified the grosser passages but have not obliterated them because they are an essential part of the book.

It is clear, then, how the paganism of Brideshead Revisited is central to its narrative and how it manifests itself in the text; but it may not be so clear what sort of paganism it is. My main concern is the fact that paganism of different sorts is as central 5 Will Vaus seems to have been the first to recognize this connection in his biography of Vanauken Vanauken also greatly enjoyed the Jeremy Irons miniseries adaptation, which he recommended at least twice: Such a progression is programmatically declared in both works by their subtitles, as we have already seen in the case of Brideshead.

Lewis and a pagan love invaded by Christ, as told by one of the lovers. But the paganism in A Severe Mercy is of a different order than that of Brideshead: Vanauken and his wife Davy worshipped beauty, especially as manifested in nature and poetry, and love particularly their own , whereas Charles Ryder worshipped bodily pleasure, especially the delights of fine food and drink, and the aestheticism of painting and architecture.

If we were caught up in love, we were no less caught up in beauty, the mystery of beauty. Essentially we were pagan, but it was a high paganism. We worshipped the spirits of earth and sky; we adored the mysteries of beauty and love. Early spring became full spring. The orchard was a sea of white blossoms where we drifted enraptured in starlight and sunlight.

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Sometimes we walked in the rain, and we pressed our faces into masses of damp cool lilacs. I picked little posies of lily-of-the-valley to pin on her blouse.

However often it has happened to other lovers, it was to us the greatest glory we had ever known. Davy and I called ourselves agnostics, but [3] we were really theists. A creator seemed necessary, a creator with an immense intelligence embracing order.

Apart from reason, the one quality that we attributed to this creative power was [1] awareness of beauty. For us, [2] love was [1] an aspect of beauty, though [3] that might not be true of the power, which perhaps cared nothing for man.

We might acknowledge a creating power, but our religion, if it could be called that, was really an adoring of [2] love and [1] beauty. It was the domain of Aphrodite, and, as I have said, we were really pagans. Many an ancient philosopher and, even more, many a Hellenic poet would have approved, or at least sympathised with, our dedication to [2] love and [1] beauty, our trust in reason, and our goal of the good life.

But it is to say that, while Vanauken was a worshiper of Aphrodite, Ryder was a devotee of Bacchus. Vanauken was a poet and a lover, whereas Ryder was an epicurean and an aesthete. Both were pagans, but each in their own way. Cook, William J. Masks, Modes, and Morals: The Art of Evelyn Waugh.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Davis, Robert Murray. Brideshead Revisited: Charles kneels down in front of the tabernacle of the Brideshead chapel and says a prayer, "an ancient, newly learned form of words" — implying recent instruction in the catechism.

Waugh speaks of his belief in grace in a letter to Lady Mary Lygon : "I believe that everyone in his or her life has the moment when he is open to Divine Grace. It's there, of course, for the asking all the time, but human lives are so planned that usually there's a particular time — sometimes, like Hubert, on his deathbed — when all resistance is down and grace can come flooding in.

Chesterton to illustrate the nature of grace. Cordelia, in conversation with Charles Ryder, quotes a passage from the Father Brown detective story "The Queer Feet": "I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread.

The same themes were criticised by Waugh's contemporaries.

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Novelist Henry Green wrote to Waugh: "The end was not for me. As you can imagine my heart was in my mouth all through the deathbed scene, hoping against hope that the old man would not give way, that is, take the course he eventually did. One reads in the book that Brideshead has "the atmosphere of a better age", and referring to the deaths of Lady Marchmain's brothers in the Great War "these men must die to make a world for Hooper According to Martin Amis , the book "squarely identifies egalitarianism as its foe and proceeds to rubbish it accordingly".

The phrase "our naughtiness [was] high on the catalogue of grave sins" is also seen as a suggestion that their relationship is homosexual, because this is a mortal sin in Roman Catholic doctrine. He was the forerunner. This passage is quoted at the beginning of Paul M. Buccio's essay on the Victorian and Edwardian tradition of romantic male friendships.

Charles's family background is financially comfortable but emotionally hollow. He is unsure about his desires or goals in life, and is dazzled by the charming, flamboyant and seemingly carefree young Lord Sebastian Flyte. Charles, though dissatisfied with what life seems to offer, has modest success both as a student and later as a painter; less so as an Army officer.

His path repeatedly crosses those of various members of the Marchmain family, and each time they awaken something deep within him. It has been noted that Charles Ryder bears some resemblance to artist Felix Kelly — , who painted murals for aristocratic country houses.

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He seems determined to teach Charles to stand on his own feet. When Charles is forced to spend his holidays with him because he has already spent his allowance for the term, Ned, in what are considered some of the funniest passages in the book, strives to make Charles as uncomfortable as possible, indirectly teaching him to mind his finances more carefully. The marriage was unhappy and, after the First World War, he refused to return to England, settling in Venice with his Italian mistress, Cara.

She brought up her children as Roman Catholics against her husband's wishes. Abandoned by her husband, Lady Marchmain rules over her household, enforcing her Roman Catholic morality on her children.

Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder.

He follows his mother's strict Roman Catholic beliefs, and once aspired to the priesthood. However, he is unable to connect in an emotional way with most people, who find him cold and distant. His actual Christian name is not revealed. Lord Sebastian Flyte — The younger son of Lord and Lady Marchmain is haunted by a profound unhappiness brought on by a troubled relationship with his mother.

An otherwise charming and attractive companion, he numbs himself with alcohol. He forms a deep friendship with Charles. Over time, however, the numbness brought on by alcohol becomes his main desire.

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He is thought to be based on Alastair Hugh Graham whose name was mistakenly substituted for Sebastian's several times in the original manuscript , Hugh Patrick Lygon and Stephen Tennant. Charles loves her for much of their lives, due in part to her resemblance to her brother Sebastian. Julia refuses at first to be controlled by the conventions of Roman Catholicism, but turns to it later in life.

Lady Cordelia Flyte — The youngest of the siblings is the most devout and least conflicted in her beliefs. She aspires solely to serve God. His background is unclear but there are hints that he may be of Italian or Spanish extraction.

Of all the characters, Anthony has the keenest insight into the self-deception of the people around him. Although he is witty, amiable and always an interesting companion, he manages to make Charles uncomfortable with his stark honesty, flamboyance and flirtatiousness.

The character is mainly based on Brian Howard , a contemporary of Waugh at Oxford and flamboyant homosexual, although the scene in which Blanche declaims extracts from The Waste Land through a megaphone from his upper-storey college window was inspired by Harold Acton. Brash, bumbling and thoughtless, he personifies the privileged hauteur of the British aristocracy.

As with Lord Brideshead, his Christian name is never revealed.

Lady Celia Ryder — Charles's wife, "Boy" Mulcaster's sister, and Julia's former schoolmate; a vivacious and socially active beauty. Charles marries her largely for convenience, which is revealed by Celia's infidelities. Charles feels freed by Celia's betrayal and decides to pursue love elsewhere, outside of their marriage. Through his marriage to Julia, he connects to the Marchmains as another step on the ladder to the top.

He is disappointed with the results, and he and Julia agree to lead separate lives. Samgrass uses his connections with the aristocracy to further his personal ambitions. Cara — Lord Marchmain's Italian mistress.

She is very protective of Lord Marchmain and is forthright and insightful in her relationship with Charles. Minor characters[ edit ] Jasper — Charles's cousin, who gives him advice about student life at Oxford, which Charles ignores.

Kurt — Sebastian's German friend.

A deeply inadequate ex-soldier with a permanently septic foot due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound whom Sebastian meets in Tunisia, a man so inept that he needs Sebastian to look after him. Mrs Beryl Muspratt — The widow of an admiral, she meets and marries a smitten Brideshead, but never becomes mistress of the great house.The motor-car is the property of a man called Hardcastle.

At times we aU seemed children beside him - at most times, but not always, for there was a bluster and zest in Anthony which the rest of us had shed soinewhere in our more leisured adolescence, on the playing field or in the school-room; his vices flourished less in the pursuit of pleasure than in the wish to shock, and in the midst of his polished exhibitions I was often reminded of an urchin I had once seen.

How much better it is to bury memories of happiness in a summer afternoon enjoying Nature and its fruits than to bury bodies of friends and comrades who will be deprived for evermore of the joy they deserved!

They and the wine were equally tasteless. We might go to the Luna, but it is filling up with English now. Charles, yet, in spite of having lost almost everything30, will keep in the bosom of his personality the Arcadian experience he had long ago, that is, a treasure to be unearthed by his memory in tragic wartimes31 in order to fully take advantage of it, perhaps in addition to the help of the Catholic faith, although Waugh is not explicit about it.

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