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42. CHAPTER XLII (continued)
Theobald was the perfection of neatness; while his son was ill upstairs, he copied out the school list so that he could throw his comments into a tabular form, which assumed the following shape-- only that of course I have changed the names. One cross in each square was to indicate occasional offence; two stood for frequent, and three for habitual delinquency.
Smoking Drinking beer Swearing Notes at the "Swan and Obscene and Bottle." Language. Smith O O XX Will smoke next half Brown XXX O X Jones X XX XXX Robinson XX XX X
And thus through the whole school.
Of course, in justice to Ernest, Dr Skinner would be bound over to secrecy before a word was said to him, but, Ernest being thus protected, he could not be furnished with the facts too completely.
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