Academic journal article Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies

Hardcastle's Malleable Morris Cowley

Academic journal article Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies

Hardcastle's Malleable Morris Cowley

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A recent television ad shows a young man looking sadly from his two-door car to his pregnant wife and then resolutely pulling at the back of the car until it turns into a sedan.

Something like this seems to have happened to Hardcastle's car in Brideshead Revisited. It first apears as "an open, two-seater Morris-Cowley" (Little, Brown, 1946, 23). Later, having received an invitation to dinner at Rex Mottram's, Sebastian, Ryder, and Boy Mulcaster, "having got leave for the nght from our colleges ... drove off on the London road in Hardcastle's car" (112). We now have three people in a two-seater.

Later the three drive to the Old Hundredth in "the car" (114), presumably the same one. Later, having acquired three women from the club, the six drive away: "Sebastian took the wheel and the two women sat one on the other beside him, to show him the way. Effie and Mulcaster and I sat in the back" (116). As Mark Twain said in "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses," we cannot too much admire this miracle of six people in a two-seater. …

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