|Age Range(s)||, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,|
|Type of monologue / Character is||Lamenting, Insecure, Speech, Apologetic, Pondering/Pensive|
|Description||I have failed miserably...|
|Details||1 hr 24 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 3-4 minutes monologue at the end of the movie Mr Harris is supposed to give a speech at his farewell meeting and surprises everybody by telling them that he thinks he failed as a teacher..
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ANDREW CROCKER-HARRIS: “A valedictory address. As those of you who have read your Plato’s Apology will remember...can be of inordinate length. But as I..unhappily am not Socrates and as I have often believed that “vita longa, ars brevis” is a more suitable apothegm than the one in more general use...and in connection with the word brevitas it is, I think, of some small interest… it is, I think, of some small interest...You must excuse me. I had prepared a speech but I find now that...I have nothing to say. Or rather, I have three very small words...but they are most deeply felt. They are these: I am sorry. I am sorry… because I have failed to give you what you have the right to demand of me as your teacher: sympathy, encouragement and...humanity. I’m sorry because I have deserved the nickname of Himmler. And because, by so doing...I have degraded the noblest calling that a man can follow: the care and molding of the young. I claim no excuses. When I came here I… I knew what I had to do and… I have not done it. I have failed. And..miserably failed. But I can only hope that you and the countless other who have gone before will find it in their hearts to forgive me for...having let you down. I shall not find it so easy to forgive myself. That is all…. Goodbye...