June 23, 2008: Waugh on Hints and Symbols - 2 Comments

"Perhaps, I thought, while her words still hung in the air between us like a wisp of tobacco smoke - a thought to fade and vanish like smoke without a trace - perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; a hill of many invisible crests; doors that open as in a dream to reveal only a further stretch of carpet and another door; perhaps you and I are types and this sadness which sometimes falls between us springs from disappointment in our search, each straining through and beyond the other, snatching a glimpse now and then of the shadow which turns the corner always a pace or two ahead of us."

- Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, 1945


Anonymous Anonymous said...

waugh is one of my super-favorite writers ever. brideshead is amazing, but the sword of honor trilogy is even better, though less well-known. you might check it out.

July 1, 2008 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger matt kirkland said...

I know! He's really good. I'm reading these all out of their recommended order - I think I started with Decline and Fall, read all the short funny ones, THEN Sword of Honor, and now finally got around to Brideshead.

July 1, 2008 at 10:29 PM  

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