A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

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By Evelyn Waugh

After seven years of marriage, the attractive girl Brenda final has grown tired of lifestyles at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that's the delight and pleasure of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. In a singular that mixes tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible temper of the "crazy and sterile generation" among the wars.

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And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee . . ” In “A Lecture upon the Shadow,” Donne recalls to his mistress their anxious “infant loves,” when “Disguises did, and shadowes, flow / From us, and our care” (ll. 10–11). ” In a poem ascribed to Virgil by Renaissance critics, the speaker reveals the Epicurean’s emotional sacrifice when he bids farewell to his beloved, his “care of cares” [o mearum cura . . curarum], so that he can pursue Epicurean ataraxia, a life “free of care” [ab omni .

The Pyrrhonist must in some sense be satisfied that no answers are forthcoming in order for his inquiring thoughts to come to a state of rest. 43 Donne avoids this dilemma by splitting the skeptical position: on the one hand is the negative example of Phrygius, who, in quest of ataraxia, holds himself back from any religious dogma in a state of epocheˆ that is the practical equivalent of negative dogmatism; on the other hand is the position recommended by the poet, namely, continued inquiry on the grounds that thus far there is no proof of any given church’s validity.

And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee . . ” In “A Lecture upon the Shadow,” Donne recalls to his mistress their anxious “infant loves,” when “Disguises did, and shadowes, flow / From us, and our care” (ll. 10–11). ” In a poem ascribed to Virgil by Renaissance critics, the speaker reveals the Epicurean’s emotional sacrifice when he bids farewell to his beloved, his “care of cares” [o mearum cura . . curarum], so that he can pursue Epicurean ataraxia, a life “free of care” [ab omni .

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