Monday, September 12, 2022

Quote of the Day (Evelyn Waugh, on Teacher-Student Relations in an English ‘Public’ School)

“‘Prendy’s not so bad in his way,’ said [Captain] Grimes, ‘but he can’t keep order. Of course, you know he wears a wig. Very hard for a man with a wig to keep order. I’ve got a false leg, but that’s different. Boys respect that. Think I lost it in the war. Actually,’ said the Captain, ‘and strictly between ourselves, mind, I was run over by a tram.’” —English novelist Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), Decline and Fall (1928)

(The image accompanying this post shows Douglas Hodge as Captain Grimes in the BBC’s 2017 miniseries adaptation of Waugh’s classic satire.)

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