Sunday, 5 October 2008

Humility and distinction: doing exams

"At critical moments, when these airy-fairy balloon captains (who had descended from their remote medieaval heights to set exams based on textbooks they themselves had written) began to feel that the toothy smile of the boy facing them was just a little too light-hearted, then – just like that – Carsten could capitulate, bow his head, draw in his horns, and the appropriate beads of anxious sweat would break on the bridge of his nose, convincing the two professors that the voice they heard – his, Carsten’s – was coming to them from the dust and the depths of humility and altogether from far, far, far beneath them – and so, naturally, he was awarded a distinction."

Peter Høeg History of Danish Dreams, p.293

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