Aloysius must be one of the most famous bears in literature (apart from Winnie the Pooh) although Sebastian’s curious relationship with him is never explained.

After throwing up through Ryder’s window, Sebastian sends a note saying that unless he is permitted to make amends for his appalling behaviour, Aloysius has made clear he will never speak to him again.  A bear for a conscience!

Here we see Sebastian protecting Aloysius from potential corruption. Apologies to all Italian bears, this was surely blatant English prejudice.

‘I have a good mind not to take Aloysius to Venice.  I don’t want him to meet a lot of horrid Italian bears and pick up bad habits.’

Source: Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968 (1945)), p. 71

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