Saturday 1 June 2024

A First Class Degree

A first in Greats left me neither a professional philosopher nor a professional historian; but it left me with a fierce love of sifting evidence and the power of not being fascinated into acquiescence when superior persons talked philosophy at me.
R.A. Knox, A Spiritual Aeneid (London: Longman, Green and co., 1918), p. 63.
Despite his first, the study of English literature seemed in retrospect an absorbing parlour game, and reading books and having opinions about them, the desirable adjunct to a civilised existence.
Ian McEwan, Atonement (London: Vintage, 2011; 2001), p. 91.