Shakespeare’s Sonnets – S. Park

SS(Not discussed by the group but written in a personal capacity.)

I am just old enough to have encountered university when the institution saw itself as responsible for one’s moral welfare. There were rules about not allowing members of the opposite sex into one’s room beyond a certain time of night.

A student is sent down for immorality and he later commits suicide. I would liked to have known more about him. It is as if the author uses his story as a gripping start and having thus ‘used’ him is no more interested in him, casting him aside. The Harvard described in this book is like that. Any books with a sexual content are stored in ‘the cage’ part of the library and only available to students if essential for their studies.

“”Harvard is like most anyone’s father,” Jean began.”It will turn a blind eye to a lot of things. As long as, later, we marry, become industrialists, and donate ridiculous amounts of money to the school.”

Adam had his doubts. Harvard didn’t leave men alone. It saw them as the future of the nation, and took the responsibility of educating them seriously. They would not allow for weakness of character, for moral impru­dence, for effeminacy.”

I liked the brash student who wrote an essay on a different author from the one set because he regarded his teacher’s taste in authors to be lamentable.

The teacher’s plight was caught well by: Professor Mullins ended his last class of the semester with a vague feeling of sadness. It never ceased to be strange. To spend a few months with a group of people, to teach them, to care for them. And then to see them go. He felt like a creature in some fairy tale, destined for the rest of his life to teach other people’s children and then watch them vanish into their futures.

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