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10th June 2011 at 01:00

Sardonic on school life

"I expect you'll become a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour." In Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh's 1928 novel based partly on his experience as a teacher in Wales, schools and their staff were serial victims of his sardonic prose. "We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit," he wrote, before summing up the public school system: "They may kick you out, but they never let you down."

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