If you asked me now who I am, the only answer I could give with any certainty would be my name. For the rest: my loves, my hates, down even to my deepest desires, I can no longer say whether these emotions are my own, or stolen from those I once so desperately wished to be.
—  Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Oxford in those days, was still a city of aquatint. In her spacious and quiet streets men walked and spoke as they had done in Newman’s day; her autumnal mists, her grey springtime, 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 clamour.
                                          -Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

Oxford, May 1st 2017, 7am.

Anthony Andrews as Sebastian Flyte with teddy Aloysius, Diana Quick as Julia Flyte, and Jeremy Irons as Charles Ryder in the 1981 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

Costume design by Jane Robinson.

Location: Castle Howard, a stately home in North Yorkshire, England.