Brideshead Revisited Book 1 Quotations

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'brutal' 'scenes of desolation' 'the grey mist of early morning'
Charles' mundane description of army camp
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'half an acre of mutilated old trees' 'part of the neighboring suburb'
Camp superimposed on a pastoral landscape (loss of pastoral and thus time spent with Sebastian)
2 of 81
'here at the age of thirty-nine I began to feel old'
Discussion of age (prologue)
3 of 81
'here love had died between me and the army' 'stripped of all enchantment now' ' to whom I had bound myself indissoulably in a moment of folly'
Loss of illusion (compares army to a wife)
4 of 81
'Hooper became a symbol to me of young England' 'no romantic', accepted the war 'like the measles'
Hooper - symbol of youth
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'not a bad camp' 'very ornate' 'great barrack of a place'
Hooper's view of Brideshead (shows its significance for Charles must lie in the past
6 of 81
'a fine drizzle of rain' 'tortuous lanes' 'overhanging boughs whipped the windscreen'
Returning to Brideshead - sense of foreboding in setting, separating it from idyll
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'an exquisite manmade landcscape', 'unravished', river 'dammed here to form three lakes' , 'planned and planted'
Brideshead's manmade beauty
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'Reflecting the clouds'
Mirroring nature
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'Cameleopards and an ellubient lion'
Extravagance (animal imagery )
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'Sweet and natural and long forgotten sounds'
Connectioj between beauty and the past
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'A conjurer's name of such ancient power' 'phantoms of those haunted great years'
Magic, illusion, fantasy in retrospect
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'Enriched from the valuts of my dungeon'
Altering in retrospect
13 of 81
Forboding end to chapter
'I had been there before; I knew all about it'
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'Submerged now and obliterated
Reminder it's a memory
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'Be remembered with tears'
Sadness in memory
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'Cloudless day in June'
Perfect day
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'The ditches were heavy with meadowsweet and the air creamy with all the scents of summer'
Description of perfect day
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'Drinking claret cup, eating cucumber sandwiches, pushed in punts about the river'
Activities on perfect day
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Oxford made to appear perfect
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'Under a clump of elms we ate the strawberries and drank the wine'
Time with Sebastian in countryside
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'The sweet scent of the tobacco merged with the sweet summer scents around us and the fumes of sweet, golden wine seemed to lift us a finger's breadth above the earth and hold us suspended'
Idyll - an illusion
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'An enclosed and enchanted garden'
Brideshead - a garden
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'His beatuy, which was arresting, and his eccentricities of behaviour seemed to know no bounds'
Charles' infatuation with Sebastian
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'Under the spell of Sebastian'
Sebastian casting spell
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'He was entrancing, with that epicine beauty which in extreme youth sings aloud for love and withers at the first cold wind'
Sebastian's beauty ( clue as to what will happen)
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'A new and secret landscape opened up before us'
First time at Brideshead
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'Half a mile distant shone grey and gold'
Ethereal colours ( but distant)
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'Domes and columns of an old house'
Architecture of Brideshead
29 of 81
'Beware of the anglo-catholics..they do nothing but harm'
Mulcaster's warning about catholics
30 of 81
'It's where my family live'
Sebastian's disconnection
31 of 81
'I want you to meet nanny Hawkins. That's what we've come for'
Closeness to nanny
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'The souvenirs of many holidays'
Nanny's room - frozen in time
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'The further we drove from Brideshead, the more he seemed to cast off his uneasiness - the almost furtive restlessness and irritability that had possessed him'
Sebastian as they drive away
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'Mourning for my lost innocence'
Sebastian - self declaration
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'Evidence of profligary' 'Decanter and glasses' 'human skull'
C taking on illusion of S's world
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'Resting in a bowl of roses...bore the motto 'et in arcadia ego''
Skull in bowl of roses
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'Very murky background' 'quite gruesome'
Mulcaster - info on Marchmain family
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'Something archaic, out of a cave that's been sealed for centuries'
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'A face of flawless florentine quattrocento beauty'
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'Hounded out of society'
Lord Marchmain
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'Palace of sin'
Lord marchmain's venice home
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'Gruesome evening'
C's time with father
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'Living in retrospect long, summer days of unreflecting dissapation' 'homesickness for nursery mortality' brings 'regrets and ammendment'
Altering past in retrospect
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The world at home
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'Come at once'
Sebastian's summons
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'The windows were open to the stars and the scented air' 'we'll have a heavenly time alone'
First night at brideshead - solitude
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'The langournof youth - how unique and quintessential it is! How quickly, how irrecoverably lost!'
Laments the 'langour of youth'
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'The mind sequestered and self regarding' 'belongs to youth alone and dies with it'
More on 'langour'
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'Always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe, and Aloysius always in a good temper'
Sebastian's vision of perfect world
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'Propelling himself through the succession of hothouses, from scent to scent and climate to climate, to cut the muscat grapes and choose orchids for our button holes'
Charles capturing the momentum of the summer
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'The toy cupboard empty about us'
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'A life-giving spring'
Garden as bringer of life
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'Usually it's full of ravening beasts'
Sebastian's description of his own family
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'Brdieshead and Cordelia are both feverent catholics'
Brideshead and Cordelia
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'Half-heathen' 'happiness doesn't seem to have much to do with it'
S's disillusionment with catholicism
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'A deep and impassable divison between us'
Charles' relationshion with bridey
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'Religion predominated in the house'
Religion in the house
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'They live sequestered lives among their tenantry and kinsmen'
Lives of the aristocracy
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'Passed quickly and sweetly'
Venice another idyll
60 of 81
'I was drowning in honey'
Almost too sweet
61 of 81
'Melon and prosciutto on the balcony'
Eating in venice
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'Sebastian is in love with his own childhood. That will make him very unhappy.'
Sebastian - in love with own childhood
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'He wikl be a drunkard if someone does not come to stop him'
Cara's warning
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'The riotous exuberance of June had died with the gillyflowers'
Autumn in oxford - decay
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'The toy bear, Aloysius, sat unregarded'
Aloysius abandoned
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'Dimmed and muted in the pervading fog'
'Fog' of autumn term
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'Gone down'
Blanche - exuberance and vivacity missing
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'The gold lace and velvet were packed away and returned to the costumier and the drab uniform of the day put on in its stead'
Packing up the costume
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'One had the face of a skull, the other of a sickly child'
The prostitutes
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'The squalid air of the police station'
Police station
71 of 81
'We dressed, drank a bottle of champagne'
Drinking becomes mundain
72 of 81
'I was as untouched by her faith as I was by her charm'
C on lady M
73 of 81
'I was no longer part of his solitude' 'I became part of the world which he sought to escape'
C's relationshion with S at end of book 1
74 of 81
'Turn from the sunlit door and lie alone in the darkness, where the impotent, painted deities paraded the walls in vain, and cough his heart out among the rum bottles'
Sebastian's behaviour
75 of 81
'His days in Arcadia were numbered'
Sebastian - Arcadia
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'A small but unforgettably painful incident'
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'The shadows were closing round Sebastian'
Sebastian - Shadows
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'There was mid-winter in Sebastian's heart'
Sebastian - winter
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'I went to the garden room this morning and was so very, very sorry'
Lady marchmain - garden room
80 of 81
'Just the place to bury a crock of gold' 'I should like to bury something precious in every place where I've been happy and then, when I was old and ugly and miserble, I could come back and dig it up and remember'
Crock of gold
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'half an acre of mutilated old trees' 'part of the neighboring suburb'


Camp superimposed on a pastoral landscape (loss of pastoral and thus time spent with Sebastian)

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'here at the age of thirty-nine I began to feel old'


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'here love had died between me and the army' 'stripped of all enchantment now' ' to whom I had bound myself indissoulably in a moment of folly'


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'Hooper became a symbol to me of young England' 'no romantic', accepted the war 'like the measles'


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