In Evelyn Waugh's book Decline and Fall his hero, applying for a post as a schoolmaster, is told by the agent, �We class schools in four grades leading school, first-rate school, good school, and school.� Sedleigh in Mike and Psmith would, I suppose, come into the last-named class, though not quite as low in it as Mr. Waugh's Llanabba. It is one of those small English schools with aspirations one day to be able to put the word �public� before their name and to have their headmaster qualified to attend the annual Headmaster's Conference. All it needs is a few more Adairs to get things going. And there is this to be noted, that even at a �school� one gets an excellent education. Its only drawback is that it does not play the leading schools or the first-rate schools or even the good schools at cricket. But to Mike, fresh from Wrykyn (a �first-rate school�) and Psmith, coming from Eton (a �leading school�) Sedleigh naturally seemed something of a comedown. It took Mike some time to adjust himself to it, though Psmith, the philosopher, accepted the change of conditions with his customary equanimity.
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June 30, 2010
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