Thursday, July 19, 2018

"I wish I liked Catholics more."

"I wish I liked Catholics more."

"They seem just like other people."

"My dear Charles, that's exactly what they're not—particularly in this country, where they're so few. It's not just that they're a clique—as a matter of fact, they're about four cliques all blackguarding each other half the time—but they've got an entirely different outlook on life; everything they think important is different from other people. They try and hide it as much as they can, but it comes out all the time. It's quite natural, really, that they should."
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
As a point of context, the conversation is begun by Sebastian who is himself Catholic and said to Charles who is, at best, agnostic.

I am reading this for my Catholic women's book club. I've tried several times to get into the book but never liked it. It turns out that I needed to be forced past the first two chapters, after which I'm enjoying it more as I go.

I read this bit to Tom and he listened with a grin growing on his face. "So it was the same back then!" he said triumphantly.

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