Alfred Kenneth Hamilton
attended University College, Oxford, where in 1919 he became a friend of
C.S. Lewis. Both were members of The Martlets Literary Society. They often
met for tea then talked or went for walks or bicycle rides. Jack's diary
mentions Jenkin about 50 times during the school terms of 1922-24 (AMR).
Lewis wrote that Jenkin was
the "first lifelong friend" that he had met at Oxford. He showed
Lewis how to "enjoy everything; even ugliness," by making
"a total surrender to whatever atmosphere was offering itself at the
moment," rubbing one's nose in the "very quiddity of each
thing" (SBJ, XIII). This enjoyment of the essence of all
things possibly led to Lewis seeing the "patches of Godlight"
mentioned in Letters to Malcom (XVII) plus sharpened his critical
and imaginative talents.
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