Once, when he had behaved with particular rudeness to a young French intellectual at a dinner party in Paris at the home of Nancy Mitford, Miss Mitford, angry at his social brutality, asked him how he could behave so meanly and yet consider himself a believing and practicing Catholic.
“You have no idea,” Waugh returned, “how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.”
Evelyn Waugh was a British novelist. His novels Decline and Fall (1928) and Vile Bodies (1930) established him as a social satirist. After his conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1930, religious themes played an increasing part in such novels as Brideshead Revisited (1945). Later books include his wartime trilogy—At Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), and Unconditional Surrender (1961).