Also . . . .
Posted by Carolyn B on January 23, 1998 at 21:40:29:
In response to Re. Brideshead, written by Carolyn B on January 23, 1998 at 00:07:24
] ] Brideshead Revisited? I know it's fiction,
And, yes, Evelyn Waugh is writing about the early 20th C. but that novel does show certain aspects of the "place" of Catholics that were still imbedded in English society even into the "roaring 20s"
Lady Julia, the eldest daughter, worried that she could not marry well because
"There could be no eldest son for her, and younger sons were indelicate things, necessary, but not to be spoken much of. . . . Perhaps in a family of three or four boys, a Catholic might get the youngest without opposition. There were of course the Catholics themselves, but these came so seldom into the little world Julia had made for herself; those who did were her mother's kinsmen. . . . Of the dozen or so wealthy and noble Catholic families, none at that time had an heir of the right age. Foreigners - there were many among her mother's family - were . . . a sure mark of failure in the English girl who wed them. What was there left?"
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