Noisy Jubilation, Or Brooke Critchley High And Dry
From To Be A Printer by Brooke Critchley, recalling what was imbued at his public school, Shrewsbury:
"Indeed, ostentation or any display of pride was taboo; if you had carried off a form prize or scored a century in a house match, you must behave as though nothing had happened. And you must on no account show any signs of emotion, not even if your mother had died. The natural feelings stifled in these ways could be released in organised games, either by participation or vociferous support from the touch-line, or in collective demonstrations. For instance, the house's winning of a cup would be celebrated by 'hall cheering'; for exactly two minutes the boys assembled in hall would make as much noise as yelling voices, stamping of feet and slapping of the table could produce. Old boys captured in the Zulu wars, their last minutes an occasion for noisy jubilation, must have had a curious experience of déjà vu."
Posted on 01/22/2013 10:33 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald