Who Wrote?

15th October 2004 at 01:00
1"A shadow his father makes with joined hands And thumbs and fingers nibbles on the wall Like a rabbit's head. He understands He will understand more when he goes to school...

First it is 'copying out', and then 'English'

Marked correct with a little leaning hoe.

Smells of inkwells rise in the classroom hush.

A globe in the window tilts like a coloured O."

2. "Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools came once a year on a date of which previous notice had been given. There was no singing or quarrelling on the way to school that morning. The children, in clean pinafores and blackened boots, walked deep in thought; or, with spelling or table books in hand, tried to make up in an hour for wasted yesterdays... Her Majesty's Inspector was an elderly clergyman, with an immense paunch and grey eyes like gimlets. He had the reputation of being 'strict', but that was a mild description of autocratic demeanour and scathing judgement."

3 "For every person wishing to teach there are 30 not wanting to be taught."

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Last week's winner

JOHN BATEMAN

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS: 1. D H Lawrence 2. Alison Lurie 3. Yehudi Menuhin

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