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|Description||Taplow tells the story of how his teacher humiliated him|
|Details||22 minutes into the film|
This movie is set at an English public school in the final days before the retirement of an old classics professor, Andrew Crocker-Harris. The professor is very strict and is generally hated by his pupils. In this monologue, one of his students, Taplow, is talking to the younger teacher that will replace Mr Harris, complains that he forced him to do extra work when he had plans to play golf and about how he humiliated him in front of the class that day..
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TAPLOW: “I am rather bitter sir. I’d fixed up a date for golf and look at the weather. Gosh, the man’s barely human. Oh, I’m sorry sir. Have I gone too far? I’m sorry, sir. It wasn’t only the gold sir. It was something else that happened today. Well, he made one of his little classical jokes. Of course no one laughed because no one understood it - myself included. Still, I knew he’d meant it as funny, and I laughed. Oh, not out of sucking up, sir, I swear...but out of feeling a little sorry for him having made a dud joke. I do feel sorry for him sometimes. Goodness only knows why, because I don’t. Well, the joke was something like this: “Scientia est,”, something-or-other, “scientiam”. (Points at the professor). Now you laugh, sir…(he laughs - then Taplow imitates the old professor, talking slowly). “Taplow, you laughed at my little epigram, I noticed. I must confess, I am flattered...at the evident advance your latin has made...that you should so readily have understood what the rest of the class did not. Perhaps now you will be kind enough to explain it to th…. (see’s the professor’s wife enter the room and stops).