Posted by Smith on December 19, 2002 at 22:28:48:
In Reply to: Re: The Headmaster's letter posted by Peter Fay on December 18, 2002 at 22:42:04:
: Surely these were an exercise in "subtle" satire - how to vent your true thoughts beneath a veneer of "admiration".
: The boss's vanity was such that he could not see it as other than sincere.
: OK we got it wrong much of the time and form masters weren't quite so blinded to the obvious!
: (Some form masters, mentioning no names, Richard, might even have approved!)
The whole thing was so ludicrously archaic. I had to rewrite one letter because I had forgotten to use a fountain pen and I remember that using paper with pre-printed margins was also verboden. The fact that we used this stuff on a regular daily basis held no sway with the old boy. No wonder I never write letters these days.
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