Thursday, September 30, 2021

Devoutly to be wished …

… Nigeness: 'To re-enchant the view'. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

One of the themes of Scruton's short but dense book, as it is of England: An Elegy, is 'enchantment'. For a people with a reputation for prosaic common sense, the English, he argues, have been peculiarly prone to investing the most commonplace realities with an air of magic, mystique, enchantment. In An Elegy, Scruton speaks frequently of 'the enchantment that lay over England' (note past tense). 

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