November, 1926, Tuesday 23

Began Horace Book I having finished the most important part of Livy Book XXII. Mám put off Mr. Brady and Mrs. Sullivan to-day, as it would be too much of a strain on her before her recital. She is working terribly hard for it; it…

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November, 1926, Saturday 27

Finished ‘Tasso.’ It is a wonderful drama, yet I cannot appreciate its beauty enough. I am not sufficiently ripe yet for it. So, after all, from a worldly standpoint, the practical man is triumphant over the idealist. He who can be an idealist at will,…

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December, 1926, Wednesday 8

Holiday of obligation – no school. Worked till 2 and then rushed to concert. It was a great success. There were much more people there than at poor Mám’s recital, and mostly the ‘snobocracy’. Miss Eileen Price sang some English songs and then some by…

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December, 1926, Friday 10

During history class, Dr. Scannell induced two celebrated mimics, Hunt and Green, to take him off at his usual terrorisation of the Junior Pass Latin class. They did so perfectly and we had great fun. – O’Connor and I are perpetually arguing about different things…

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December, 1926, Sunday 12

Had religion exam from 11-12.30. Did 8/9. Got questions about the reasonableness of faith, about grace, spiritualism and the Hypostatic Union and the Kenotic theory. Didn’t do too badly. –went to Arthur for few minutes after dinner. He is now wearing a slouch hat (as…

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December, 1926, Monday 13

English 1-12, the worst exam of all, because I have to squash a comp which always takes me two hours into 1 ¼ . Wrote on ‘The great man down, you mark his favourite flies’ [Hamlet Act III] Began all right, but was so slow…

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December, 1926, Tuesday 14

Latin 9-11. We got a 1925 3-hour L.C.H. paper to do in two hours and what was worse, we went through it before, so that I remembered all the mistakes, but could not think of the corrections. Got it all done, however, though the other…

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December, 1926, Thursday 16

Got first in history, with 237/300. Next came ‘Solomon’ Murphy with 167. Scannie seems to have been delighted with my paper, for he told the other fellows that I wrote ‘reams’, and that I remembered everything he told us during the term. Other marks not…

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December, 1926, Friday 17

Got first in English quite unexpectedly with 180/300. Next ‘Cha’ Connor with 150/300. The questions about Wordsworth’s idea of Prose and Poetry I seem to have done well because Fr. Dalton told the other fellows to take it down. Got home early for that wretched…

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December, 1926, Saturday 18

Likewise got first in Latin with 315/400. Second ‘Cha’ Connor with 210/400. But our Latin papers and also our English are kept to be examined by the Inspectors and this arrangement is especially displeasing to me. – The second day of the Bazaar was much…

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