Comment on the attitude shown by Taplow towards Crocker-Harris.
Taplow thinks his teacher Mr Crocker-Harris is strict but not a sadist. He thinks that the teacher is unbiased, dutiful and very disciplined. He doesn't get easily impressed by anyone's efforts. He doesn't appreciate the effort of Taplow who comes to school on the last as he misses one class before. He doesn't like to be liked by others. He seems feeling less and maintains a distance from the students.
What do you gather about Crocker-Harris from the play?
Mr Crocker-Harris is a serious person by nature who prioritises his work rather than thinking about what other peoples' views are about him. He is a devoted, dutiful, unbiased, disciplined teacher who does the fair evaluation to all of his students.
Does Frank seem to encourage Taplow's comments on Crocker-Harris?
Yes. Frank asks several questions about Crocker-Harris from Taplow and often asks him to mimic Crocker-Harris.
A sadist is a person who gets pleasure out of giving pain to others.
Given below are some dictionary definitions of certain kinds of persons.
Find out the words that fit these descriptions.
1. A person who considers it important that things should be correct or genuine e.g. in the use of the language or in arts.
2. A person who believes that the war and violence are wrong and will not fight in the war.
3. A person who believes that nothing really exists.
4. A person who is always hopeful and expects the best in all things.
5. A person who follows the generally accepted norms of behaviour.
6. A person who believes that material possessions are all that matter in life.
Identify the stanza that talks of each of the following.
Individualism, Rationalism, Hypocrisy
Individualism - Stanza 3
Rationalism - Stanza 1
Hypocrisy - Stanza 2