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"Generous deed should not be checked by cold counsel." (Tolkien's Return of the King)

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14 February 2006


But there are others who look just the same to the world (as the decent and correct), who in their hearts are very different; they make no great show, they go on in the same quiet ordinary way as the others, but really they are training themselves to be saints in heaven.

They do all they can to change themselves, to become like God, to obey God, to discipline themselves, to renounce the world but they do it in secret, both because God calls them so to do and because they do not like it to be known (…)
Yet they all look the same, to common eyes, because true religion is a hidden life in the heart; and though it cannot exist without deeds, yet they are for the most part secret deeds, secret charities, secret prayers, secret self-denials, secret struggles, secret victories.

~ Newman, Pastoral and Parochial Sermons, IV, Sermon 16

Photo of North Yorkshire

01 February 2006

"I'd better push off now. I'll be round in time to face the High Table at dinner. Seven o'clock?" (...)
The removal of the fish plates caused a slight diversion, and the Warden took the opportunity to turn her inquiries upon the situation in Europe. Here the guest was on his own ground. Harriet caught the Dean's eye and smiled. (Gaudy Night, Ch. XVII)

Photo © M. Datiles 2005-2010.


Photos © M. Datiles 2005-2010.

Et in Arcadia Ego

"Listen, Harriet, couldn't we make today a holiday? You've had enough of this blasted business. Come and be bothered with me for a change. It'll be a relief to you--like getting a nice go ofrheumatism in exchange for toothache. Equally damnable, but different. I've got to go to this lunch-party, but it needn't take too long.

How about a punt at 3 o'clock from Magdalen Bridge? (...) Let's go and do our bit of barging along with the happy populace." (Gaudy Night)

Photos © M. Datiles 2005-2010.

Spire and tower and quadrangle, all Oxford springing under foot in living leaf and enduring stone, ringed far off by her bulwark of blue hills.
(Gaudy Night)

Photos © M. Datiles 2005-2010.

Bredon Hall, Duke's Denver, Norfolk

Sayers places Bredon Hall, Duke's Denver in Norfolk.

(courtesy of Harmsworth’s Encyclopædia (1904), public domain)