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71) His principal characters include an aged, paralysed, liberally minded priest, Canon Matt Lavelle and his younger, sprier, and more conservative successor, Fr Shaughnessy.
Indeed, even as Davenport rejoiced in modernism and echoed his idol Pound's determination to "make it new," he (who never learned to drive) despised modern technology, comparing the twentieth century--the "most miserable of ages since the Barbarians poured into Rome"--unfavorably to Whitman's time: "His age walked with a sprier step than ours; it bounced in buckboard and carriage; a man on a horse has his blood shaken and his muscles pulled.
But he is sprier than many men I know half his age and still as excited about his work as a teenager going out on his first date.