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
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
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).
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