The Splendid and the Vile
A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the BlitzLarge Print - 2020
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“On one of Churchill’s full-moon weekends at Ditchley, Diana Cooper, wife of Information Minister Duff Cooper, told Churchill that the best thing he had done was to give people courage.
He did not agree. ‘I never gave them courage,’ he said. ‘I was able to focus theirs.’’ - p. 483
“The night… was cloudless and starry, with the moon rising over Westminster. Nothing could have been more beautiful and the searchlights interlaced at certain points on the horizon, the star-like flashes in the sky where shells were bursting, the light of distant fires, all added to the scene. It was magnificent and terrible: the spasmodic drone of enemy aircraft overhead; the thunder of gunfire, sometimes close sometimes in the distance; the illumination, like that of electric trains in the firmament. Never was there such a contrast of natural splendor and human vileness.” - p. 238
“Tea anchored the day—though at teatime, Churchill himself did not actually drink it, despite reputedly having said that tea was more important than ammunition. He preferred whiskey and water. Tea was comfort and history; above all, it was English. As long as there was tea, there was England.” - p. 186
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