Brideshead Revisited

by

Evelyn Waugh

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Sebastian Flyte Character Analysis

Sebastian Flyte is the second son of Lord Marchmain and Lady Marchmain, and the brother of Brideshead, Julia, and Cordelia. Sebastian meets Charles Ryder at Oxford University, and the pair develop a very close friendship that borders on a romantic relationship. Sebastian’s family are wealthy Catholics, and Lady Marchmain is very concerned with the family reputation and with maintaining her religious values. Sebastian is not a practicing Catholic and describes himself as “half-heathen.” Despite this, he is deeply affected by his religious upbringing, and the guilt and shame for his lack of belief never really leave him. Sebastian feels oppressed by his family’s close relationships and their tight hold on him. He is very happy in his first year of Oxford because he can keep his university life and home life separate. Independence is extremely important to Sebastian and, as Charles observes, “he needs to feel free” to be happy. Sebastian is terrified of being trapped, and of adult responsibility, and frequently runs away from people who are left in charge of him throughout the novel. His attachment to a carefree, childish lifestyle is symbolized by the fact that he carries a teddy bear with him at university, and by his close relationship with his childhood nanny, Nanny Hawkins. Although Sebastian wants to be independent, he cannot escape his family’s influence. He is financially reliant on his mother and is constantly “under surveillance” by the network of Catholic acquaintances who report back to her. Sebastian rebels against these restrictions by drinking heavily, and eventually becomes an alcoholic. He secretly despises his mother, although he does not realize this, and blames her for the fact that his father left home. It is implied that Sebastian is homosexual, and he develops a long-term relationship with a German man named Kurt later in the novel. Sebastian returns to Catholicism as an older man, although he never stops drinking, and is considered extremely holy because of his suffering. He is a lovable character throughout the novel and is liked by everyone who meets him.

Sebastian Flyte Quotes in Brideshead Revisited

The Brideshead Revisited quotes below are all either spoken by Sebastian Flyte or refer to Sebastian Flyte. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Back Bay Books edition of Brideshead Revisited published in 2012.
Part 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

In her spacious and quiet streets men walked and spoke as they had done in Newman’s day; her autumnal mists, her gray spring time, and the rare glory of her summer days—such as that day—when the chestnut was in flower and the bells rang out high and clear over her gables and cupolas, exhaled the soft airs of centuries of youth. It was this cloistral hush which gave our laughter its resonance, and carried it still, joyously, over the intervening clamor.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte
Page Number: 21
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Part 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

Collins and I spent several economical and instructive weeks together in Ravenna. A bleak wind blew from the Adriatic among those mighty tombs. In a hotel bedroom designed for a warmer season, I wrote long letters to Sebastian and called daily at the post office for his answers.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Collins
Page Number: 46
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Now, that summer term with Sebastian, it seemed as though I was being given a brief spell of what I had never known, a happy childhood, and though its toys were silk shirts and liqueurs and cigars and its naughtiness high in the catalogue of grave sins, there was something of nursery freshness about us that fell little short of the joy of innocence.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte
Page Number: 48
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I could tell him, too, that to know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom. But I felt no need for these sophistries as I sat before my cousin, saw him, freed from his inconclusive Struggle with Pindar, in his dark gray suit, his white tie, his scholar’s gown; heard his grave tones and, all the time, savored the gillyflowers in full bloom under my windows. I had my secret and sure defense, like a talisman worn in the bosom, felt for in the moment of danger, found and firmly grasped.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Jasper
Page Number: 49
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So through a world of piety I made my way to Sebastian.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte
Page Number: 63
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Part 1, Chapter 3 Quotes

“We’ll have a heavenly time alone,” said Sebastian, and when next morning, while I was shaving, I saw from my bathroom window Julia, with luggage at her back, drive from the forecourt and disappear at the hill’s crest, without a backward glance, I felt a sense of liberation and peace such as I was to know years later when, after a night of unrest, the sirens sounded the “All Clear.”

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Julia Flyte
Related Symbols: Brideshead
Page Number: 86
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Part 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

Here under that high and insolent dome, under those coffered ceilings; here, as I passed through those arches and broken pediments to the pillared shade beyond and sat, hour by hour, before the fountain, probing its shadows, tracing its lingering echoes, rejoicing in all its clustered feats of daring and invention, I felt a whole new system of nerves alive within me, as though the water that spurted and bubbled among its stones, was indeed a life-giving spring.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte
Related Symbols: Brideshead, Fountain
Page Number: 90
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Part 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

“This is no way to start a new year,” said Sebastian; but this somber October evening seemed to breathe its chill, moist air over the succeeding weeks. All that term and all that year Sebastian and I lived more and more in the shadows and, like a fetish, hidden first from the missionary and at length forgotten, the toy bear, Aloysius, sat unregarded on the chest-of-drawers in Sebastian’s bedroom.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte (speaker)
Related Symbols: Teddy Bear
Page Number: 118
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Anthony Blanche had taken something away with him when he went; he had locked a door and hung the key on his chain; and all his friends, among whom he had always been a stranger, needed him now.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Anthony Blanche
Page Number: 121
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She found Sebastian subdued, with all his host of friends reduced to one, myself. She accepted me as Sebastian’s friend and sought to make me hers also, and in doing so, unwittingly struck at the roots of our friendship. That is the single reproach I have to set against her abundant kindness to me.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Lady Marchmain
Page Number: 122
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He claimed to love the past, but I always felt that he thought all the splendid company, living or dead, with whom he associated slightly absurd; it was Mr. Samgrass who was real, the rest were an insubstantial pageant. He was the Victorian tourist, solid and patronizing, for whose amusement these foreign things were paraded.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Lady Marchmain, Mr. Samgrass, Ned
Related Symbols: Brideshead
Page Number: 124
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And since Sebastian counted among the intruders his own conscience and all claims of human affection, his days in Arcadia were numbered. For in this, to me, tranquil time Sebastian took fright. I knew him well in that mood of alertness and suspicion, like a deer suddenly lifting his head at the far notes of the hunt; I had seen him grow wary at the thought of his family or his religion, now I found I, too, was suspect.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte
Related Symbols: Brideshead
Page Number: 144
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Mr. Samgrass’s deft editorship had assembled and arranged a curiously homogeneous little body of writing—poetry, letters, scraps of a journal, an unpublished essay or two, which all exhaled the same high-spirited, serious, chivalrous, other-worldly air and the letters from their contemporaries, written after their deaths, all in varying degrees of articulateness, told the same tale of men who were, in all the full flood of academic and athletic success, of popularity and the promise of great rewards ahead, seen somehow as set apart from their fellows, garlanded victims, devoted to the sacrifice.

Related Symbols: Brideshead
Page Number: 157
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Part 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

“Well. I’m fond of him too, in a way, I suppose, only I wish he’d behave like anybody else. I’ve grown up with one family skeleton, you know papa. Not to be talked of before the servants, not to be talked of before us when we were children. If mummy is going to start making a skeleton out of Sebastian, it’s too much. If he wants to be always tight, why doesn’t he go to Kenya or somewhere where it doesn’t matter?”

Related Symbols: Brideshead, Skull
Page Number: 186
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But as I drove away and turned back in the car to take what promised to be my last view of the house, I felt that I was leaving part of myself behind, and that wherever I went afterwards I should feel the lack of it, and search for it hopelessly, as ghosts are said to do, frequenting the spots where they buried material treasures without which they cannot pay their way to the nether world.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Lady Marchmain
Related Symbols: Brideshead
Page Number: 194
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Part 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

And Lady Marchmain saw this and added it to her new grief for Sebastian and her old grief for her husband and to the deadly sickness in her body, and took all these sorrows with her daily to church; it seemed her heart was transfixed with the swords of her dolors, a living heart to match the plaster and paint; what comfort she took home with her, God knows.

Page Number: 217
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Part 3, Chapter 1 Quotes

For nearly ten dead years after that evening with Cordelia I was borne along a road outwardly full of change and incident, but never during that time, except sometimes in my painting—and that at longer and longer intervals—did I come alive as I had been during the time of my friendship with Sebastian. I took it to be youth, not life, that I was losing.

Related Characters: Charles Ryder (speaker), Sebastian Flyte, Cordelia Flyte
Page Number: 259
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Sebastian Flyte Character Timeline in Brideshead Revisited

The timeline below shows where the character Sebastian Flyte appears in Brideshead Revisited. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
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...during the “Eight Weeks” holiday, and Charles sets out on an excursion with his friend Sebastian. Charles remembers Oxford as a beautiful city, full of history and “youthful laughter” because of... (full context)
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While Lunt talks, Sebastian arrives, and Lunt shuffles off to continue his chores. Sebastian asks Charles what all the... (full context)
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...the car midmorning and sit on a grassy verge under the shade of a tree. Sebastian has brought wine and strawberries. Charles sits with him and he feels as though he... (full context)
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Although Charles has been at Oxford for several terms, he views his first meeting with Sebastian as the beginning of his university life. They meet by accident one evening because Charles... (full context)
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...he feels that there is more than this to discover at Oxford. When he meets Sebastian, he quickly forgets these early friendships and feels that there is more to life than... (full context)
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Charles first sees Sebastian, and his teddy, outside the college barber shop. When Charles goes inside to get his... (full context)
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...he goes to open the window. As he does this, he is surprised to see Sebastian standing outside on the quad. Sebastian looks drunk and pale and, a moment later, he... (full context)
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...that his room is full of flowers and that there is note of apology from Sebastian inviting Charles to lunch. Charles hurries out to Sebastian’s room. He is hopeful about this... (full context)
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Sebastian is alone when Charles arrives. He is eating plover’s eggs, and tells Charles that he... (full context)
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...men pass by. He leaves soon after this and, on his way out, playfully tells Sebastian that he would like to pierce him with arrows. The other young men leave, and... (full context)
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When Charles tries to leave, however, Sebastian  says they must go to the Botanical Gardens together. Charles returns to his room after... (full context)
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That day, after Charles and Sebastian have stopped under the tree at the roadside, they drive toward their destination and arrive... (full context)
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They park the car and enter the house through the servant’s corridor. Sebastian takes Charles upstairs to his old nursery to meet Nanny Hawkins, who raised Sebastian when... (full context)
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Nanny shows Charles and Sebastian a newspaper cutting which announces Julia’s “coming out ball,” and Charles looks around the room... (full context)
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Charles follows Sebastian but begs to see some more of the house before they go. Sebastian irritably agrees... (full context)
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...they drive away from the house, they pass Julia being driven towards the entrance, and Sebastian is relieved that they have missed her. He sulks on the way home and asks... (full context)
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Sebastian’s mood lightens as they drive farther from the house. Eventually, they leave Hardcastle’s car in... (full context)
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Not long after Charles and Sebastian’s outing to Brideshead, Jasper comes to visit Charles and rebukes him for keeping the wrong... (full context)
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Charles has arranged to spend the Easter holiday with his friend, Collins, but hopes that Sebastian will invite him somewhere instead. When Sebastian does not, Charles goes with Collins to Ravenna... (full context)
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...first time. He had a lonely childhood and a serious, public school education. Now, with Sebastian, he feels as though he has a second chance at youth, and that there is... (full context)
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...of term, he does not care about Jasper’s warning because he is in love with Sebastian. He feels that this love is the true meaning of life and that it protects... (full context)
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...love affairs in various parts of the world. He was also briefly attended Eton with Sebastian. Charles notices that Anthony likes to shock the English students and that he acts out... (full context)
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While they are at dinner, Anthony says that he cannot imagine Sebastian being thrown in a fountain. Anthony monologues spitefully at Charles throughout dinner and complains that,... (full context)
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...exterior, Charles is a passionate man. He claims he has tried to draw this to Sebastian’s attention, but Sebastian brushes him off with playful comments. Anthony asks Charles if he wishes... (full context)
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Anthony remarks that it is amazing Sebastian is so charming when he “comes from such a sinister family.” Anthony describes the Marchmain’s... (full context)
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Anthony thinks that, because of his background, Sebastian tries very hard to seem good and “insipid.” He isn’t very clever, Anthony says, so... (full context)
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The next morning, Charles walks across the campus to Sebastian’s room. It is Sunday and nearly everyone else is on their way to church. He... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3
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...money left in his allowance for the year and cannot afford to make other plans. Sebastian, too, must go stay with his family and seems to have no money. Charles is... (full context)
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...away, or if he just likes to irritate people. Charles only receives one letter from Sebastian. It is short, written on “late-Victorian mourning paper,” and only says that Sebastian is mourning... (full context)
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After this note, Charles feels that he despises Sebastian. However, when a telegram arrives from Charles’s friends with the news that Sebastian is badly... (full context)
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...out to Brideshead and, on the way, agonizes about all the possible accidents in which Sebastian could have been involved. He is afraid that Sebastian will be dead by the time... (full context)
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Julia tells Charles that Sebastian cannot walk and, therefore, cannot go away for the summer. He begged her not to... (full context)
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Julia asks why, when Charles and Sebastian visited Brideshead, they didn’t stay to see her. Charles says that Sebastian insisted. Julia says... (full context)
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Sebastian asks Julia if the servant, Wilcox, will let them have champagne. Julia tells him that... (full context)
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Sebastian tells Charles that he loves Julia because she is very like him, but Charles does... (full context)
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...Brideshead, he feels like he is in paradise and wishes he could stay there always. Sebastian says that he would too, but that the place is usually full of “ravening beasts.”... (full context)
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Charles likes to think about Sebastian and remember how he was that summer. They have free reign of the house and... (full context)
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...Brideshead. Charles struggles with the drawing but is pleased with the final product. He asks Sebastian if he should give it to Lady Marchmain, but Sebastian tells him to give it... (full context)
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...inspired, as though someone invisible helps him paint, and the picture turns out very well. Sebastian then gives Charles a subject to paint on another wall, but it is too elaborate... (full context)
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Charles and Sebastian also discover the wine cellar beneath Brideshead, and ask Wilcox to bring up bottles for... (full context)
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...the house is a priest, Father Phipps, who comes to perform mass in the chapel. Sebastian always attends mass and seems quite religious, although Charles does not think much about this... (full context)
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Charles does not realize that Sebastian is serious about his religion until one morning when Charles asks him about it. Sebastian... (full context)
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A few mornings later, Charles and Sebastian hide on the roof to watch an Agricultural Show that is taking place on the... (full context)
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Charles asks if Sebastian was upset when his father left home, and Sebastian says yes. He says that he... (full context)
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Sebastian says his family are “mixed” in terms of religion. Brideshead and Cordelia are devout Catholics,... (full context)
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Charles and Sebastian are disturbed when someone else appears on the roof and calls Sebastian’s name. It is... (full context)
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At dinner, Charles finds Brideshead very strange and serious. He seems much older than Sebastian even though he is not really. Cordelia tells them that she is in trouble at... (full context)
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After dinner, Brideshead takes Sebastian aside on some business, and Cordelia sits up with Charles. She asks him if he... (full context)
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Charles begins to think that there is a large part of Sebastian’s life that he knows nothing about. He is confused by all the talk of Catholicism.... (full context)
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When Cordelia and Brideshead leave, Sebastian repeats his offer for Charles to come to Venice with him. Charles says that he... (full context)
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...The boys are shown up to their rooms, and Charles is amazed by the view. Sebastian, however, thinks the room is drab. There is the noise of an explosion and the... (full context)
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Lord Marchmain asks about life in England, and tells Charles and Sebastian that he hates it there and pleases the “Socialists” by ignoring his political party. He... (full context)
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...says that she knows some women with daughters who, she can invite for Charles and Sebastian to meet. Lord Marchmain says that the boys are not interested in this and would... (full context)
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...like he enjoys himself too much and that life is too luxurious in Venice with Sebastian. One afternoon, while looking at a famous statue, Sebastian says that it is sad that... (full context)
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Cara asks him if he is fond of Sebastian and Charles replies that, of course, he is. Cara says that “romantic friendships” between young... (full context)
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...tells Charles that Lord Marchmain hates himself and that she sees this same trait in Sebastian. Cara thinks that Lord Marchmain is mad and that he is obsessed with Lady Marchmain.... (full context)
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Cara says that women love in more straightforward ways than men. She says that Sebastian is infatuated with his childhood and that this will make his adult life sad. She... (full context)
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Charles and Sebastian return to their separate homes before they start the next term at Oxford. Sebastian seems... (full context)
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It is autumn when Charles and Sebastian return to Oxford, and the season makes them feel old and sad. They meet up... (full context)
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Sebastian tries to cheer them both up, but his attempt fails, and their bleak mood continues... (full context)
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...this new turn of events and begins to enjoy his new, more mature life. However, Sebastian begins to fall behind, and Charles realizes that Sebastian needs his drinking and escapades as... (full context)
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Charles and Sebastian spend all their time together and lose contact with their other friends. Many of the... (full context)
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...Oxford to see Mr. Samgrass, a professor at Oxford, and comes to visit Charles and Sebastian. In hindsight, Charles views this as the beginning of the end for his friendship with... (full context)
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Although Charles does not notice that he is overly-friendly with Lady Marchmain, Sebastian is annoyed that Charles likes his mother. Lady Marchmain invites Charles to Brideshead for Christmas,... (full context)
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...a waste of time. He is only 30 but seems much older than Charles and Sebastian. He seems to belong to Julia, although it is unclear if they are a couple... (full context)
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A few weeks later, to Charles’s surprise, he, Sebastian, and Boy Mulcaster are invited to a party with Rex and Julia in London. They... (full context)
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Sebastian, Charles, and Boy go downstairs, where Rex and the guests are waiting. Rex opens some... (full context)
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After dinner, Boy suggests that he, Charles, and Sebastian sneak out of the party and visit “Ma Mayfield’s” on the “Old Hundredth.” Boy claims... (full context)
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...off to look for Effie, and a couple of girls sidle up to Charles and Sebastian. They seem about to approach but then decide that the boys are “fairies” and move... (full context)
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The two women who approached earlier return, and Sebastian invites them to join the table. They, too, are brought food which the boys pay... (full context)
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They have not driven far when Sebastian almost collides with a taxi. The women beg him to stop the car and Sebastian... (full context)
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Sebastian shouts through the wall that they ought to call Rex Mottram, who arrives promptly and... (full context)
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At court, Charles and Boy get off with fines, while Sebastian’s trial is set for the following week. After the hearing, Charles and Sebastian sit forlornly... (full context)
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...that her extended family will be disappointed: half of them will blame her for raising Sebastian Catholic, and the other half will feel that she has not raised her children Catholic... (full context)
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The following week, Sebastian is let off with only a fine. The newspapers do get ahold of the story... (full context)
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...Brideshead the next day, but that he will stay to work on Lady Marchmain’s book. Sebastian is out fox hunting with the others, and Charles waits with Mr. Samgrass for their... (full context)
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That night, before dinner, Lady Marchmain invites the party to attend chapel. Sebastian declines and goes to have a bath instead. Charles goes with him, and Sebastian complains... (full context)
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...“little talks” with him. He thinks she is trying to convert him to Catholicism, and Sebastian is annoyed by this. Charles is often invited to visit her study and he is... (full context)
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Charles notices that Sebastian starts to withdraw from him. As Charles gets to know Sebastian’s family, Sebastian begins to... (full context)
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After Christmas they return to Oxford, and Sebastian grows more depressed and even starts to avoid Charles. He continues to drink heavily. Charles... (full context)
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Charles and Sebastian go to Brideshead for Easter and, for the first time, Sebastian gets extremely drunk in... (full context)
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Charles asks Sebastian where he has been, and Sebastian says that he has been with Nanny and that... (full context)
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Charles goes to have a bath and, when he comes back, finds Sebastian’s room unlocked. Sebastian sits at his dressing table, drinking whisky. Charles tries to take the... (full context)
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Charles goes downstairs and finds the rest of the family assembled. Charles tells them that Sebastian is ill, and Cordelia rushes upstairs before anyone can stop her. When she returns, she... (full context)
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Sebastian is pale and haggard, and says that he has come to apologize to Charles. Charles... (full context)
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Early the next morning, Sebastian wakes Charles up and says that he is going to London. He asks Charles if... (full context)
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Charles goes to find Lady Marchmain a few hours later. She is upset because Sebastian seemed so unhappy the night before. Lady Marchmain says that Mr. Samgrass told her that... (full context)
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...as a young woman did not run away from things. She begs Charles to help Sebastian, as she says that Sebastian prefers Charles to anyone else. Before Charles leaves, she gives... (full context)
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...viewed their deaths as sacrifices to a cause. When Charles arrives at his father’s house, Sebastian already there, and is in a good mood. He asks Charles if he is now... (full context)
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They return to Oxford for the spring, but Sebastian is still depressed. He and Charles arrange to rent a flat together. One day in... (full context)
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...come to Oxford soon and wants to speak to him alone. She asks Charles if Sebastian has been drinking and Charles truthfully says no. That night, however, Sebastian is found drunk... (full context)
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...Charles insists that he did not lie, but Lady Marchmain says that she cannot allow Sebastian and Charles to live together and that he must live with Mgr. Bell instead. Charles... (full context)
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Sebastian is resigned when he hears the news, and he and Charles get extremely drunk together... (full context)
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After Sebastian has gone, Charles goes to visit Collins and hears that there is a room available... (full context)
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Before his departure, Charles receives a letter from Lady Marchmain. She writes that Sebastian has gone to stay with his father and that, after this, he will travel abroad... (full context)
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At Brideshead during Christmas time, Mr. Samgrass tells a story about his and Sebastian’s trip into the Turkish mountains, and how they were nearly attacked by “a band” of... (full context)
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...slideshow of his photographs from the trip, and Cordelia complains that there are none of Sebastian. Mr. Samgrass says the Sebastian took the photos. At last, Mr. Samgrass finds one from... (full context)
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When Charles arrived at the train station for Brideshead two nights ago, he bumped into Sebastian and Mr. Samgrass. He was surprised because he thought they were already at Brideshead. Charles... (full context)
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The next day, Charles, Sebastian, and Cordelia visit the nursery, and Cordelia remarks that Sebastian seems unhappy. Nanny Hawkins thinks... (full context)
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Cordelia leaves for her supper, and Charles and Sebastian go downstairs to have cocktails. They find Brideshead downstairs, but have only been in the... (full context)
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...and Brideshead tells him that there will be no drinks left around the house while Sebastian is there: these are Lady Marchmain’s orders. He explains that Sebastian disappeared over Christmas and... (full context)
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Charles goes upstairs to bathe and then goes into Sebastian’s bedroom, which is next to his own. Sebastian has found a drink and seems annoyed... (full context)
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...and finds Julia, who complains that her mother wants everyone “under surveillance.” She wishes that Sebastian could just behave normally and assures Charles that she, too, has been in trouble and... (full context)
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The family sit down to dinner. Sebastian is late. They are all very tense, but when he does appear, he is quite... (full context)
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...they will, but Julia says she must stay in to meet Rex when he arrives. Sebastian says suddenly that he would like to go. Everyone is surprised and pleased, and Brideshead... (full context)
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Charles and Sebastian go upstairs. Sebastian gets into bed while Charles sits by the fire. Sebastian tells Charles... (full context)
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Charles says that he will not give Sebastian money, and Sebastian says he will find another way. He tells Charles about his trip... (full context)
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In Constantinople, however, Sebastian managed to escape Mr. Samgrass and win some money at cards. The next day, he... (full context)
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Sebastian sent Mr. Samgrass a note from Constantinople and arranged to meet him again, three months... (full context)
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...next morning, the family get ready to go out for the hunt. Cordelia complains that Sebastian isn’t wearing proper hunting clothes, but Sebastian claims that he could not find any. Before... (full context)
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...to talk about the trip, and says that he has only told Lady Marchmain about Sebastian’s escape at Christmas. He dislikes the strict rules on alcohol in the house, because it... (full context)
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...study: something he has done on every visit to Brideshead, since his first summer with Sebastian. The study is a refuge for Charles during family parties, but, because his style and... (full context)
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...to begin work on a new panel. Julia follows him and begins to complain about Sebastian; she cannot see why everyone makes such a fuss of him. She wishes that her... (full context)
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...comes to see Charles. She finds it funny that everyone believes the hunt will cure Sebastian, but admits that she secretly believes it herself. Charles tells Lady Marchmain about Paris and... (full context)
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Brideshead comes back early, and Charles talks to him about Sebastian. Brideshead says that he hopes Sebastian cannot help getting drunk and that he does not... (full context)
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...initials. Charles finds the gift obscene, but Mr. Samgrass is fascinated. They tell Rex about Sebastian, and he suggests that they send him to a rehab center in Zurich which is... (full context)
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Sebastian does not come back with the hunt and, a little later, calls from a nearby... (full context)
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Lady Marchmain asks Charles if he gave Sebastian money, and Charles admits that he did. Lady Marchmain is horrified and asks Charles why... (full context)
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...that she misses Charles and that she has also got into trouble for secretly giving Sebastian whisky. She tells Charles that Rex will take Sebastian to Zurich, and that Rex and... (full context)
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Rex asks Charles if he is hiding Sebastian, and Charles is amused to discover that Sebastian has escaped Rex too. Rex tells Charles... (full context)
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Charles assures Rex that he does not know where Sebastian is, and Rex suggests they dine together that night. He says that he will pay,... (full context)
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...to Zurich, to ask his permission to marry Julia, but now that he has lost Sebastian he does not know if he can do this. (full context)
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...the Marchmain family. He notices that she is beautiful, and that she looks very like Sebastian, but he is not very interested in her. She feels the same about him and... (full context)
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...threatens to take her abroad. This is around the time that Rex tries to take Sebastian to Zurich and, after he fails at this, Rex goes to see Lord Marchmain and... (full context)
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Anthony tells Charles that Sebastian has recently been to stay with him and that he still drinks very heavily. Anticipating... (full context)
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...decides to set off a fire alarm. Anthony humors him and then tells Charles that Sebastian and the German went to Morocco together. Firemen begin to arrive, and Charles leaves the... (full context)
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...and Charles tells her that all is forgiven. Julia also wonders if Charles could bring Sebastian to see their mother, as they have been unable to contact him. Charles tells Julia... (full context)
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...when he arrives. The British Consul meets with him and explains that, although he likes Sebastian, he worries about him and wishes that someone would take him out of Morocco. He... (full context)
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...warned about. He sits listening to jazz music and drinking beer. Charles asks him where Sebastian is, and the man, whose name is Kurt, tells him that Sebastian is ill and... (full context)
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Kurt asks who Charles is, and Charles says he is Sebastian’s friend from university. Kurt tells him that Sebastian is very kind and asks if Charles... (full context)
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The next morning, Charles goes to the hospital to see Sebastian. The hospital is run by French Franciscan monks. Charles finds a doctor who tells him... (full context)
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Sebastian is very thin and seems to have shriveled because of his alcoholism. He is surprised... (full context)
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As Sebastian recovers, he begins to ask for brandy. He manages to get some and is drunk... (full context)
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Sebastian says that he likes Kurt because it is nice to have someone who needs him... (full context)
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The next day, Sebastian is strong enough to go back to his house, and Charles helps him move. Sebastian... (full context)
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...goes to Brideshead to tell the family what has happened. Brideshead accepts Charles’s suggestion that Sebastian must be given his allowance. He asks Charles if he would like to paint some... (full context)
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...the day, he takes her out for dinner. Cordelia is 15 now, and knows that Sebastian will not come home. Still, she says, she loves him “more than anyone.” She tells... (full context)
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...thread.” Charles says that Lady Marchmain read this to them on the first night that Sebastian got drunk at home. (full context)
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...a nun. She says that Brideshead wanted a vocation but had none, whereas she suspects Sebastian had one and didn’t want it. (full context)
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...nothing really changes, and he never feels alive in the way that he did with Sebastian. Charles becomes an architectural painter and develops a reputation for painting English country houses. He... (full context)
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...She is married to Rex, but he has heard it is not a happy marriage. Sebastian, Charles knows, still lives abroad. (full context)
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...married Celia, and Charles says that he was lonely and ambitious, and that he missed Sebastian. Julia asks if he loved Sebastian, and Charles says that he did. She tells him... (full context)
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...like his old. He says that it reminds him of the time at Oxford when Sebastian wore a fake beard: “English charm, playing tigers.” Charles agrees, and Anthony explains that he... (full context)
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...what she says about sin. Julia says that she wishes she didn’t. Charles says that Sebastian once said the same thing, and Julia says that Sebastian is very religious now. (full context)
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...Julia, and Cordelia go to visit Nanny, and Cordelia tells them that she recently saw Sebastian. She says that he is ill and is being cared for by monks in Morocco.... (full context)
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Julia once said to Charles that it scared her how he had completely forgotten about Sebastian. Charles says that Sebastian was the “forerunner,” but inside he knows that he has not... (full context)
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Cordelia says that she heard Sebastian was dying and so went to Tunis to find him. In Tunis, she found the... (full context)
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One day, the monks found Sebastian unconscious outside the monastery and took him in. Cordelia stayed with him while he was... (full context)
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Sebastian went to Germany to find Kurt and found that he was a storm-trooper for the... (full context)
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...if she has told Julia. Cordelia says that she has but that Julia never loved Sebastian the way that she and Charles do. Cordelia predicts that Sebastian will stay with the... (full context)
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...and Charles wonders if the beautiful, solitary house (which he once dreamed of sharing with Sebastian) will be his. (full context)
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...that it belonged to friends of his. It reminds him of his first visit with Sebastian, when Sebastian said that Brideshead was where his family lived. (full context)