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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