Oxford in the Early 1920s, “Before the Fall”

from Frank Kermode’s Introduction to Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh:

  • The beauty of the city itself, in the days before it was quite ruined by the motor car, was enhanced, at any rate for its transient occupants, by its being an almost exclusively male community. Waugh remarks that few of his contemporaries had ‘any serious interest in women’ though ‘very few have developed into homosexuals.’ They were in some respects, he said, sophisticated, in others barely adolescent.

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