Excerpt from A Scholar of His College
Put in some Old fossil, argued the other; make him as good as you like - too good to last long. There are plenty of them about. Then, as Lord Leuchars shook his head, he continued in a louder and more angry tone, Then you really mean to tell me, Leuchars, that after I have taken all the trouble and spent I don't know what on that young rascal's education, sending him to Oxford to waste his time and my money, just because I relied on your word, mark you, you intend to throw him overboard at the last minute and let him go to the devil his own way, simply and solely because you have got hold of some d - d silly, sentimental, idiotical, conscientious scruple.
When a man takes the trouble to employ some half-dozen adjectives, and furthermore to accentuate each one Of them by thumping the table with his fist, he is clearly on the high road to substitute invective for argument. It was perhaps unfortunate that Lord Leuchars did not then and there drop the discussion, leaving with the other the barren advantage of having had the last word, instead of trying to impart a new tone to the conversation by the introduction Of a harmless joke.
Come, come, my dear fellow, he expostulated, it's not quite so bad as all that. A good education is never entirely thrown away, and we will hope that my friend Dick will not waste either his time or money at Oxford. He could not have wasted his time at school or he would never have got that scholarship. No, no, the lad is a good lad and a clever lad, a gentleman every inch Of him, and a downright steady and safe shot. But after all, my dear Loder, as you admit, there is not much Of the parson about him as yet. Capital good fellow and all that, with plenty Of pluck and nerve, but upon my honour.
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