Tom Brown at Oxford: A Sequel to School Days at Rugby, Part 1

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Ticknor and Fields, 1861 - Boats and boating
Tom Brown's experiences at Rugby and Oxford helped create an enduring image of British public-school education and popularize the doctrine of Christian ethics in sports or "muscular Christianity."

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Page 229 - ... till he had manoeuvred the crew into their dressing-room by themselves, Jervis having stopped below. Then he let out, and did not spare them. " They would kill their captain, whose little finger was worth the whole of them; they were disgracing the college; three or four of them had neither heart nor head nor pluck. " They all felt that this was unjust; for after all, had they not brought the boat up to the second place ? Poor Diogenes sat in a corner and groaned ; he forgot to prefix " old fellow...
Page 89 - Oh dear! what can the matter be? Dear, dear! what can the tnatter be? Oh dear! what can- the matter be?
Page 97 - Blessed is the man who has the gift of making friends ; for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and seeing, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another man.
Page 236 - This is no difficult matter, as the water is like glass, and the boat lies lightly on it, obeying the slightest dip of the oars of bow and two, who just feel the water twice or thrice in the last minute. Then, after a few moments of breathless hush on the bank, the last gun is fired and they are off. The same scene of mad excitement ensues, only tenfold more intense, as almost the whole interest of the races is to-night concentrated on the two head boats and their fate. At every gate there is a jam,...
Page 13 - Prince, Sir Walter Raleigh, Pym, Hampden, laud, Ireton, Butler, and Addison, in one afternoon. I walked about two inches taller in my trencher cap after it Perhaps I may be going to make dear friends with some fellow who will change the history of England. Why shouldn't I ? There must have been freshmen once who were chums of Wycliffe of Queen's, or Raleigh of Oriel. I mooned up and down the High-street, staring at all the young faces in caps, and wondering which of them would turn out great generals,...
Page 282 - ... in the parish ; and, when his blood is up, he can shear twenty sheep in a day without razing the skin, or mow for sixteen hours at a stretch, with rests of half an hour for meals twice in the day. Harry shaded his eyes with his hand for a minute, as he stood outside the cottage drinking in the fresh pure air, laden with the scent of the honeysuckle which he had trained over the porch, and listening to the chorus of linnets and finches from the copse at the back of the house, and then set about...
Page 80 - The only thing to do with wild oats is to put them carefully into the hottest part of the fire, and get them burnt to dust, every seed of them. If you sow them, no matter in what ground, up they will come with long, tough roots and luxuriant stalks and leaves, as sure as there is a sun in heaven.
Page 216 - Jove, we are drifting in again," said Miller, in horror. The captain looked grim but said nothing; it was too late now for him to be unshipping again. "Here, catch hold of the long boat-hook and fend her off." Hardy, to whom this was addressed, seized the boat-hook, and, standing with one foot in the water, pressed the end of the boat-hook against the gunwale, at the full stretch of his arm, and so, by main force, kept the stern out. There was just room for stroke oars to dip, and that was all. The...
Page 11 - ... grocery, which he thinks indispensable for my due establishment. He has also been good enough to recommend to me many tradesmen who are ready to supply these articles in any quantities; each of whom has been here already a dozen times, cap in hand, and vowing that it is quite immaterial when I pay — which is very kind of them; but, with the highest respect for friend Perkins (my scout) and his obliging friends, I shall make some inquiries before 'letting in
Page 170 - I know, the least of the muscular Christians has hold of the old chivalrous and Christian belief, that a man's body is given him to be trained and brought into subjection, and then used for the protection of the weak, the advancement of all righteous causes, and the subduing of the earth which God has given to the children of men.

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