Monthly Archives: April 2005

On teaching the Young Gentlemen

Posted by Kieran Healy at Crooked Timber:
‘But pray, sir, why must I not teach the young gentlemen?’
‘Because, sir, teaching young gentlemen has a dismal effect upon the soul. It exemplifies the badness of established, artificial authority. The pedagogue has almost absolute authority over his pupils: he often beats them and insensibly loses the sense of respect due to them as fellow human beings. He does them harm, but the harm they do him is far greater. He may easily become the all-knowing tyrant, always right, always virtuous; in any event he perpetually associates with his inferiors, the king of his company; and in a surprisingly short time alas this brands him with the mark of Cain. Have you ever known a schoolmaster fit to associate with grown men? The Dear knows I never have. They are most horribly warped indeed.
—Patrick O’Brian, The Ionian Mission, p84.

Ask and ye may…

This morning I stumbled upon QuotePlay, which provides a bunch of the functionality I was whimpering about in the last posting. Wizard app, easy to set up and use, Answer to a Maiden’s Prayer. The path was as usual somewhat circuitous: one of the blogs I follow referenced Bag and Baggage, which implemented QuotePlay six weeks ago … so I played with it and immediately downloaded and sent a donation ($10: chickenfeed anymore, right?). Whew.