Structure

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Beginning

The short story begins by creating the setting and presenting the main character – a young, unnamed boy: “The boy sat on the back seat of the car, a box of chocolates, unopened, beside him, and a comic, folded. The trim Sussex landscape flowed past the windows: cows, white-fenced fields, highly priced-period houses.” Notice how the boy has not touched the sweets or the comic - this suggests that he is either too excited or too nervous to do so.

We also learn through a short backstory that the parents' acquaintances, Wilcox family, have recommended St Edwards to them. The boy's parents seem to value the opinion of the Wilcox family. The father also provides a backstory on the headmaster: “ ‘He’s an Oxford chap, of course’ ” . He also comments on the school’s fees bein…

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