house of Kay. He tried to imagine Blackburn speaking in that way to Jimmy Silver or himself, but his imagination was unequal to the task. Between Mr Blackburn and his prefects there existed a perfect understanding. He relied on them to see that order was kept, and they acted accordingly. Fenn, by the exercise of considerable self-control, had always been scrupulously polite to Mr Kay.
"I came out to get some fresh air before lock-up, sir," he replied.
"Well, go in. Go in at once. I cannot allow you to be outside the house at this hour. Go indoors directly."
Kennedy expected a scene, but Fenn took it quite quietly.
"Good night, Kennedy," he said.
"So long," said Kennedy.
Fenn caught his eye, and smiled painfully. Then he turned and went into the house.
Mr Kay's zeal for reform was apparently still unsatisfied. He directed his batteries towards Kennedy.
"Go to your house at once, Kennedy. You have no business out here at this time."
This, thought Ke
One of Wodehouse's early novels set in English public schools, probably aimed at boys of prep-school age. This one concerns two prefects struggling to keep order in a refractory house, in spite of its interfering housemaster.
It's not as funny as the Jeeves stories, but for those who've exhausted Wodehouse's later, better-known works, it makes an interesting look back.
The very British references to cricket, footer and other aspects of U.K. boarding-school life may make it slightly impenetrable to American readers unfamiliar with these English institutions. On the other hand, if you can read "Harry Potter," you can certainly manage this. I suspect British boys' books like this one were very much J.K. Rowling's inspiration.
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