Punch,  38 (1860), 221.

A Plucky Young Fellow



News-Commentary, Drollery


Education, Mathematics, Universities

    Discusses a letter to the Morning Post in which the author complains about the difficulty of tackling questions in the 'English and Mathematical Papers' of military examinations, papers which he thinks are 'much better adapted for a Cambridge or Oxford examination' than for school-leavers. Argues that the 'English and Mathematical Papers' in question appear to be equally well adapted to puzzle Oxford and Cambridge students as 'youths of seventeen or eighteen'. Concludes by urging the military authorities to recognise that plucky blockheads such as the author of the letter can be brave and that there should be 'regiments of "Heavies"' who have poor command of spelling and grammar.

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