THE VEXATIONS OF A.J. WENTWORTH, B.A. by H.F. Ellis
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THE VEXATIONS OF A.J. WENTWORTH, B.A.

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Through some of the ""difficulties and distractions"" with which a preparatory schoolmaster has to deal, this record of certain moments of mischance as experienced by Arthur James Wentworth, B.A., are of uncompromisingly correct British derivation and are often howlingly funny. A man of solid worth and inflexible conscience, Wentworth is often helplessly defeated by circumstances- and his pupils, confronts more often than not the deterioration of all discipline in the conduct of his classes. There is the affair of the book he discharged at Mason- a boy of ungovernable insolence-which unfortunately stunned Hopgood II (asleep at the time) and caused quite some comment; there are his embarrassments during his ""invigilation"" of the boys' letter writing hour on Sundays, and on outdoor excursions; there are his involvements- physical- with a maiden-hair fern in the Headmaster's study, with a fishing rod in a cost closet on which he is foul-hooked, with a fire alarm, etc., etc. A very precise transcription of a system and a type, classical in its fidelity, this makes the most of Wentworth's discomfitures and achieves some very entertaining effects.

Publisher: Little, Brown