I’m reading Ronald Knox’ The Hidden Stream— a collection of lectures on Catholic doctrine– and at more or less the same time Penelope Fitzgerald’s collective biography of her family. Now, it turns out that Ronald Knox was Penelope Fitzgerald’s uncle. (Ronald Knox! Was Penelope Fitzgerald’s uncle!) And so, after reading Monsignor Knox’ thoughts on “Our Knowledge of God Through Analogy”– complete with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur– I read about Ronnie, aged six, picking flowers to give to his new stepmother. He seems to have been a bit Ferdinand-the-Bull-ish, and prone to wander off during games of cricket.
“I think all day, and at night I think about the past.”
–Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, aged 4, when asked what he liked to do