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October 28, 2003

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Rick

From Hitchen's piece:

"And many adult reviewers of Brideshead have somehow managed to describe it as a languorous evocation of the "platonic" nature of English undergraduate affection."

[Raising hand sheepishly]: Guilty as charged.

But did Waugh certainly envision Sebastian and Charles as having a physical affair?

Later, when Bridey asks Charles if there is anything "vicious" in Sebastian's relationship with Kurt, Charles answers negatively. Is Charles lying? Is he deceived?

I suppose it's a cofession that I am not a sensitive reader, but I was never certain that Charles and Sebastian, though infatuated with each other, had a sexual relationship.

Naomi

I don't know whether it was physically expressed, but it certainly seems to me that it was a sort of passionate infatuation.

C.O.

Thanks for linking all of the articles about Waugh. I've found them really interesting.

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