Sir Compton Mackenzie brought out his novel Sinister Street in 1913-14, being an account of the boyhood and youth of a young man, Michael Fane, in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods - it's a good read. (The author, by the way, became a Catholic in 1914.) Here, in the chapter entitled "Incense", Michael discovers religion, of the Anglo-Catholic variety, and at the moment is visiting his friend Bernard Prout:
'Shall we say Vespers?' suggested Mr Prout. 'You know - the Small Office of the Blessed Virgin. It won't take long. We can say Compline, too, if you like.''Just as you like,' said Michael....Michael was handed a thin sky-blue book labelled Office of the B.V.M.'Latin or English?' queried Mr Prout.'Whichever you like,' said Michael.'Well, Latin, if you don't mind. I'm anxious to learn Latin, and I find this is good practice.''It doesn't look very good Latin,' said Michael doubtfully.'Doesn't it?' said Mr Prout. 'It ought to. It's the right version.''I expect this is Hellenistic - I mean Romanistic - Latin,' said Michael, who was proud of his momentary superiority in knowledge. 'Greek Test* is Hellenistic Greek.''Do you know Greek?' asked Mr Prout.'A little.'Mr Prout sighed.
[* In those days, schoolboys at public (that is, private) schools studied Latin and Greek, including the New Testament in the original. O tempora, O mores!]