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Modernism – 1890’s – 1940’s
velyn Waugh (1903-1966)

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augh, an English novelist, biographer and travel writer, is known for his darkly humorous and deeply satirical novels from the early period of his career which were followed by more serious novels with a Catholic undertone in his later career. His links with the upper class society of England inspired much of his writings, many of his characters being based on personalities of the day. Waugh is best known for his novel ‘Brideshead Revisited’
Brideshead Revisited (1945) - Julia chooses love of God over her love for Charles
Julia said: “Here in the shadow, in the corner of the stair - a minute to say good-bye.”

“So long to say so little.”

“You knew?”

“Since this morning. Since before this morning. All this year.”

“I didn’t know till today. Oh, my dear, if you could only understand, then I could bear to part - or bear it better. I’d say my heart were breaking, if I believed in broken hearts. I can’t marry you, Charles. I can’t be with you ever again.”

“I know.”

“How can you know?”

“What will you do?”

“Just go on. Alone. How can I tell what I shall do? You know the whole of me. You know I’m not one for a life of mourning. I’ve always been bad. Probably I’ll be bad again - punished again. But the worse I am, the more I need God. I can’t shut myself out from His mercy. That is what it would mean, starting a life with you - without Him. One can only see one step ahead. But I saw today there’s one thing unforgivable, like things in the school-room, so bad they’re unpunishable, that only Mummy could deal with. The bad thing I was on the point of doing that I’m not quite bad enough to do - to set up a rival God to God. It may be because of Mummy, Nanny, Sebastian, Cordelia, perhaps Bridey and Mrs Muspratt - keeping my name in their prayers. Or it may be a private bargain between me and God. That if I give up this one thing I want so much, however bad I am He won’t quite despair of me in the end. Now we shall both be alone. And I shall have no way of making you understand.”

“I don’t want to make it easy for you.’ I said; “I hope your heart may break. But I do understand.”

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1939-1945 – World War Two
he avalanche was down, the hillside swept bare behind it; the last echoes died on the white slopes; the new mound glittered and lay still in the silent valley.

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