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The Lighter Side of School Life

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Author: Ian Hay (John Hay Beith)
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,650 / 129 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,276
Added to site: 2010.12.22 29982
Genre: Humor

A series of sketches which the humorist, Ian Hay, has been publishing in Blackwood's under the above title, has more than anecdotal interest to those who can see In the boy the father of the man. Mr. Hay expresses the dominant quality as a dislike for mental cleverness coupled with "worship of force of character."

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et he must, and usually does, know every boy in the School by sight, and something about him. He must never attempt to acquire information by obvious cross-examination either of boy or master, or he will be accused of prying and interference; and he can never, or should never, discuss one of his colleagues with another. And yet he must have his hand upon the pulse of the School in such wise as to be able to tell which master is incompetent, which prefect is untrustworthy, which boy is a bully, and which House is rotten. In other words, he must possess a Red Indian's powers of observation and a woman's powers of intuition. He must be able to suck in school atmosphere through his pores. He must be able to judge of a man's keenness or his fitness for duty by his general attitude and conversation when off duty. He must be able to read volumes from the demeanour of a group in the corner of the quadrangle, from a small boy's furtive expression, or even from the timbre of the singing in chapel. He must noti



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