not in love
by Nariman Youssef
I just love this bit of dialogue from Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.
Cruel in its simplicity.
I don’t believe you’ve changed at all, Charles.
No, I’m afraid not.
D’you want to change?
It’s the only evidence of life.
But you might change so that you didn’t love me anymore.
There is that risk.
Charles, you haven’t stopped loving me?
You said yourself I hadn’t changed.
Well, I’m beginning to think you have. I haven’t.
No, no; I can see that.
Were you at all frightened at meeting me today?
Not in the least.
You didn’t wonder if I should have fallen in love with someone else in the meantime?
No. Have you?
You know I haven’t. Have you?
No. I’m not in love.