‘This, Titejens thought, is England! A man and a maid walk through Kentish grass fields: the grass ripe for the scythe. The man honourable, clean, upright; the maid virtuous, clean, vigorous; he of good birth; she of birth quite as good; each filled with a too good breakfast that each could yet capably digest. Each come just from an admirably appointed establishment: a table surrounded by the best people, their promenade sanctioned, as it were, by the Chuch – two clergy – the State, two Government officials; by mothers, friends, old maids’ (Ford Madox Ford, Parade’s End)
The BBC adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s tetralogy Parade’s End begins tonight at nine, on BBC 2.
See here for information regarding an academic conference on the book, to be held at the end of September.