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The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring

Bazyn, Ken | Continuum, 2002


p. 143

Over time small indulgences in food and drink can swell “into preoccupations that absorb abnormal amounts of energy and time.  One’s life becomes a kind of subterfuge as it revolves around addiction and the host of codependents that support it. . . . The addict concentrates on disguise.  ‘I’ve known drunkards before,’ Lady Marchmain warns Charles Ryder in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.  One of the most terrible things about them is their deceit.  Love of truth is the first thing that goes.”