Ryder’s father seems to have a quiet, relentless sadism about him, positively enjoying any discomfiture he can inflict on his son.¬† He’s awful.

‘I had not seen my father so gleeful since he found two pages of second-century papyrus between the leaves of a Lombardic breviary.’

Source: Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968 (1945)), p. 63

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