From Frank Kermode’s introduction to “Brideshead Revisited”

In these circumstances the “marriage” between Waugh and the army headed for breakdown. He long retained an earnest if, as it sometimes appeared from the conduct of associates, idiosyncratic interest in the idea of combat, but other military qualities were lacking; one commanding officer rated him highest for “Zeal” and lowest for “Judgment.”

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