Charles Ryder, the narrator of the novel, examines the Roman Catholic aristocratic Marchmain family to which he happens to have been connected through his best friend Sebastian. The major part of the novel is the recollection that begins when the narrator is a middle aged officer in the army. Having reached the Brideshead estate, he remembers the events and people he describes in the narrative. The author has himself described his present novel as his magnum opus, as came to be known through several letters he wrote. In his letter that he had written to Graham Greene in the year 1950 he mentioned that he had reread “Brideshead Revisited” and he was appalled.