now the next boy."
At last it was all over, and they found themselves standing once more in the great quadrangle, not very sure what had happened to them, but feeling as if they had just undergone a surgical operation not unlike that of flaying alive.
However, once outside the terrible portal of Templeton, their hearts gradually thawed within them. The confectioner's shop, now crowded with "gods," held them in awe for a season, and as long as the road was specked with mortar-boards they held their peace, and meditated on their shirt-studs. But when Templeton lay behind them, and they stepped once more on to the breezy heath, they shook off the nightmare that weighed on their spirits and were themselves again.
"Precious glad it's over," said Richardson. "Beast, that arithmetic paper was."
"I liked it better than the English," said Coote. "I say, is 'for' a preposition or an adverb? I couldn't remember."
"Oh, look here! shut up riddles now," said Richardson, "we've had enough