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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

These memories which are my life... Who Said it Wednesday, December 23. 2015

Bit harder this week. Name the novel or the character (extra credit for both) First to get it right wins the privilege of being known as the first to get it right.

These memories which are my life—for we possess nothing certainly except the past—were always with me.

The words or thoughts of Capt Charles Ryder, from Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh.


  1. From a fine novel:
    “My theme is memory, that winged host that soared about me one grey morning of war-time. These memories, which are my life—for we possess nothing certainly except the past—were always with me. Like the pigeons of St. Mark’s, they were everywhere, under my feet, singly, in pairs, in little honey-voiced congregations, nodding, strutting, winking, rolling the tender feathers of their necks, perching sometimes, if I stood still, on my shoulder or pecking a broken biscuit from between my lips; until, suddenly, the noon gun boomed and in a moment, with a flutter and sweep of wings, the pavement was bare and the whole sky above dark with a tumult of fowl. Thus it was that morning.”
    ― Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
    Postscript: Merry Christmas from Beyond Eastrod, site of a determined pilgrimage . . .

    1. Once again, you got it. Capt Charles Ryder from Brideshead Revisted. Indeed a fine novel. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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