Thursday 4 January 2024

A Kind of Secret and Valued Freemasonry

James Hilton, Good-bye Mr. Chips (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1934), pp. 20-21:

He was not, despite his long years of assiduous teaching, a very profound classical scholar; indeed, he thought of Latin and Greek far more as dead languages from which English gentlemen ought to know a few quotations than as living tongues that had ever been spoken by living people. He liked those short leading articles in the Times that introduced a few tags that he recognised. To be among the dwindling number of people who understood such things was to him a kind of secret and valued freemasonry; it represented, he felt, one of the chief benefits to be derived from a classical education.