Beats me

The Oldie - - READER'S LETTERS -

SIR: Giles Wood’s splen­did ac­count (House Hus­bandry, Fe­bru­ary is­sue) of school beat­ings re­minded me of my own time at Eton in the late Fifties. I was fre­quently, and bru­tally, beaten, mainly for very mi­nor mis­de­meanours. Today, I sup­pose I’d be called a ‘sur­vivor’ and of­fered coun­selling. The tale was told of a new mem­ber of the li­brary, who, on be­ing in­formed by the house cap­tain that there was to be a beat­ing that night, en­quired as to the name of the vic­tim. The se­nior boy replied that he did not yet know. The in­no­cent youth asked why, then, was there to be a beat­ing. Back came the bel­lowed re­ply: ‘BE­CAUSE IT’S A WED­NES­DAY!’ Mike Gross, Braun­ton, Devon.

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