Sunday, 1 June 2014

A Twitch upon the Thread

Haley asked Kathryn and me to help moderate the Carrots Classic Book Club discussion on the first part of Brideshead Revisited, so of course I agreed!  There is an iconic scene in the story where the main characters are reading a Father Brown mystery aloud, and this is the line the narrator chooses to show us.  Years later, one of the characters remembers the quote and puts it into the context of the entire story, into all our stories:

God's grace is invisible, intangible, and thin, but long and strong enough to stay with us, wherever we may wander.  At any moment, when we least expect it, He may twitch the thread and bring us flying back to Him.


  1. I remember reading this book in high school English class (Catholic school). This part really struck me.

    Then I went off to college, became lapsed, and thought that was the end of the story.

    A few years later, I felt my own twitch. You have to love how God works.

  2. The descriptions of things from the Other Side of the veil are always poetic.


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