March 25, 2005

The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (Evelyn Waugh)

His strongest tastes were negative. He abhorred plastics, Picasso, sunbathing and jazz—everything in fact that had happened in his own lifetime. The tiny kindling of charity which came to him through his religion sufficed only to temper his disgust and change it to boredom. There was a phrase in the ’thirties: “It is later than you think,” which was designed to cause uneasiness.

It was never later than Mr. Pinfold thought.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2005 9:43 PM

Had not previously noticed your obvious interest in the works of Evelyn Waugh, nor the extent to which your own thinking parallels his. A major influence, it would seem.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 25, 2005 11:47 PM

No, pessimism is a trap for conservatives. I do love curmudgeonliness though.

Posted by: oj at March 25, 2005 11:54 PM

Well, ok, but he certainly did fit your description of the nature of man. He once said something to the effect that without the influence of Mother Church he would be even nastier, barely human.

I have been called both quixotic and curmudgeonly, meself. Imagine.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 26, 2005 12:16 AM

Well said, OJ.

There is a point where one must accept the unchanging nature of things; there begins humility.

Posted by: Randall Voth at March 26, 2005 10:29 AM

Hold on thar.

I thought this site supports Dubya's revolution....

Along with the view that the liberals are the new reactionaries.

Though I suppose one could reconcile it all by claiming that Bush's revolution is conservative in nature....

How one loves to have it both ways! Ah, glorious rationalization!

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 27, 2005 5:05 AM


Posted by: oj at March 27, 2005 7:39 AM