This caught my eye as it feels a little surprising as a follow on to someone’s being described as a ‘learned bigot’ and ‘ceremonious barbarian’.  Perhaps a shift in sensibility which comes of living in an age where the Dalai Lama is widely known and commonly viewed as a positive example regardless of someone’s religious beliefs, which probably wasn’t the case when Brideshead was written.

‘… he’s a learned bigot, a ceremonious barbarian, a snow-bound lama …’

Source: Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968 (1945)), p. 54

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