More from Parnassus

Tracy Lee Simmons quotes this from Evelyn Waugh’s novel, Scott-King’s Modern Europe. The head master of a school and a teacher are talking about the demise of the classics, with the head master hinting that the classics teacher may soon be out of a job if he does not adapt to the modern fad for “useful knowledge”:

“If you approve, head master, I will stay as I am here as long as any boy wants to read the classics. I think it would be very wicked indeed to do anything to fit a boy for the modern world.”

“It’s a short-sighted view, Scott-King.”

“There, head master, with all respect, I differ from you profoundly. I think it the most long-sighted view it is possible to take,” (237).


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