The Most Obliging Man in Europe : Life and Times of the Oxford Scout.

Platt, D. C. M. ; Ward-Perkins, C.

ISBN 10: 0049410172 / ISBN 13: 9780049410176
Verlag: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, first edition, 1986, 1986
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Cloth, oblong 4to, 20 x 26 cm, 138 pp, ills. Very Good in dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-34691

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Titel: The Most Obliging Man in Europe : Life and ...

Verlag: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, first edition, 1986

Erscheinungsdatum: 1986

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

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Oxford men, 'district judging in Bombay', have remembered their scouts long after their Horace and Herodotus are totally forgotten. College scouts were personal servants, appreciated and even loved far more than 'remote and ineffectual dons'. They were the first adults with whom raw youth, fresh from family and public school, might communicate as equals, sometimes as masters. To undergraduates college servants seemed mature, experienced and infinitely wise. Compton Mackenzie described one as 'the most obliging man in Europe'.
This book recaptures an episode, all too brief, when College scouts and Oxford were synonymous. It lasted a bare 150 years. Scouts have long since given way to 'part-time women' and the vacuum cleaner, never to return. 'Eheu fugaces, Postume, Postume/ Gone are the days that are lost to me, lost to me'.

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