In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining health and has in fact come home to die. He has taken a dislike to Bridey's new wife and suggests he may leave Brideshead Castle to Julia and Charles. Religion - specifically whether Lord Marchmain will accept the last rites - becomes an issue. Charles simply cannot understand or accept the family's religious beliefs but in his dying moments, Lord Marchmain does provide a sign indicating his wishes. The entire episode forever changes Charles and Julia's relationship. In the spring of 1944, Charles, now an army Captain, living on the grounds of Brideshead Castle, walks the corridors of a place he knows so well and remembers the life that is past him.
Did You Know?
When Lord Marchmain returns to Brideshead, he is accommodated on the ground floor (in the "Chinese drawing room").
However, when Charles Ryder is being shown around the castle by a commanding officer some years later, the two walks up a flight of stairs to the second floor where they enter the (same) "Chinese drawing room", intact with all details. See more
[at Brideshead Hall during the army's occupation of it in World War II
Did you say you knew this place before?
Yes. Very well. It belongs to friends of mine.
It doesn't make any sense. One family in a place this size - what's the use of it?
I suppose Brigade find it useful.
That's not what it's built for, though, is it?
No, it's *not* what it was built for. Maybe that's one of the pleasures of building. Like having a son. Wondering how he'll grow up. I don't know. I've never built anything. And...