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A Cinematic Interlude: The Happiest Days Of Your Life

Watch Alastair Sim, and Margaret Rutherford, and Joyce Grenfell here. 

"Give the boy who wrote his name there fifty lines."

Thus the Headmaster, noting the recently-disturbed, or grenfellated, dust.

To attend a school where the Masters were sure of themselves, and education was not confused with  vocational training. To live in a world where, if a boy wrote his name in the dust, he could be "given fifty lines."

Horace? Catullus? Ovid? Or something, perhaps, once thought to be more  character-building, stoic sententiae from Seneca, or lines by Virgil on nation-founding, or some sturdy standby from Caesar's Gallic Wars