Teacher Didn't he throw things at you? Henry No, he didn't. Teacher Didn't he pretend to be ill? Henry No.
Teacher I bet he put his tongue out at you, didn't he? Henry No, not once. Teacher But surely he was rude in some way? Henry No, he wasn't rude at all. Teacher Did he fall down on the floor and pretend that someone had hit him? Henry No, he didn't. Teacher Perhaps he isn't feeling well. Henry He looked perfectly well to me. Teacher Are you absolutely sure he didn't do anything? Henry Yes, quite sure. Teacher Extraordinary! You've performed a miracle!
The rest of the day was as bad as the first lesson, though for one brief moment I thought I had them under control. Suddenly they all stopped talking and there was complete silence. I was delighted, until I turned round and saw the headmaster watching us through the window.
As I was walking back to the staff room after the last lesson, I heard footsteps behind me. It was Jones.
Jones I'm glad I caught you, sir. Henry Oh, why? Jones I wanted to thank you for the lessons. Henry That's very kind of you, Jones. Jones Not at all sir. It's nice to have you as our teacher. Henry Are you pulling my leg? Jones No, sir. Henry I don't believe you. Jones It's true, sir. Really it is. Henry There's something that's been puzzling me, Jones. Jones What's that, sir? Henry Why is it that you have behaved so well when all the other teachers think you're the worst boy in the class? Jones Oh, that's easy, sir. You see, I'm Welsh, you're English, and we're both in Scotland. Henry No, Jones, I don't see at all. Please explain. Jones Well, sir, it's what my father says. Henry Go on. Jones He says that we foreigners must stick together, sir.