The Inspector was on his annual visit to a
Country School in the North. On being informed that the class had been
studying Gray's 'Elegy' he proceeded to put the pupils through their
"The curfew tolls the knell
of parting day" intoned the great man before addressing the class. "Now,
children" he began "can you tell me what a curfew is?"
No reply came from the class. After a
long pause the Inspector continued :
"Come, come now - surely you must know
what a curfew is !"
Still there was no response from the
nervous pupils. At last the old schoolmaster could contain himself no
"Ye lot o stupid eediots" he cried in
exasperation " dae nane o ye ken whit a whaup is ?"