Ninety nine percent parenthetical and one percent ethical

Section 123 misses the point by a mile

The only thing Vernon and his students gleaned from the lesson was that the sun was very, very hot.

The only thing Vernon and his students gleaned from the lesson was that the sun was very, very hot.

A shallow but meandering lesson on events from the Second World War through to the Cold-War quickly identified this candidate as a junior school chaplain with a desire to teach; history.

A number of times in the lesson Vernon failed to avoid the gaze of Flora. Her expression was almost as hard to read as the worksheet candidate three was holding aloft. There was something in her eyes however that made Vernon want to dissolve with laughter. He daren’t look sideways at the director of studies, slumped disconsolately in his chair, a look of disbelief tempered with despair. He knew he’d explode leaving a hole of megaton proportions in the floor.

“And these weapons. These weapons. Well, these weapons I won’t tell you how powerful they are. Or how hot.”

‘Oh go on’, Vernon wanted to interject, ‘Go on tell us one fact at least’.

“And hot. They’re hot. I won’t tell you how hot they are? They’re very hot. Hotter than the sun.” Vernon began to feel now that Father Newman’s initial disinterest in detail was preferable.

It took just a nano second for Vernon... and his class to fall out with Cardinal Newman.

It took just a nano second for Vernon… and his class to fall out with Cardinal Newman.

“Does anybody know why America dropped two bombs?”

The lesson was ninety nine percent parenthetical and one percent ethical. Vernon tuned out and wondered whether perhaps another five years in the Park was a price worth paying to avoid being an interviewer again. No, he told himself…

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