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By John Martin Frederick Wright

ISBN-10: 0511709617

ISBN-13: 9780511709616

ISBN-10: 1108014356

ISBN-13: 9781108014359

John Martin Frederick Wright bargains a full of life account of Cambridge college in Alma Mater; Or, Seven Years on the college of Cambridge. released anonymously in 1827, Wright's two-volume paintings captures the triumphs and tribulations of undergraduate lifestyles at Cambridge, dependent upon his personal years as an aspiring mathematician at Trinity university. this primary quantity covers Wright's first years, weaving brilliant sketches from lectures, chapel, and the Wren Library including copies of tangible examinations in classics, arithmetic, and metaphysics. Wright devoted his profession as a author and personal coach to assisting scholars be triumphant at collage, and Alma Mater is designed to provide mom and dad and aspiring scholars perception into the arrangements, highbrow in addition to monetary, worthy for fulfillment. A lively defence of Cambridge traditions within the face of broader academic reforms, Alma Mater additionally brings to lifestyles a interval of extreme highbrow job in British arithmetic.

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S'death and fury ! " These gentlemen were sufficiently cooled by the Dean's impositions, or, at least, on reflection, by CHAPEL SCENES. 37 the consequences# of duelling to University men, to hearken to the mediation of friends ; and they were next day as thick as ever. Dialogue between two Reading Junior Sophs, T. and W. T. O that you had been present at our lecture to-day ; ha, ha, ha. W. Why ? Did any of you discover a newplanet, a new comet, or—what the de'eFs the matter with you, mon? I warrant me you've been playing tricks with Peacock—been plucking a feather out of his tail, or the " like o** that/ 7 to writedown his conundrums with.

Thus caparisoned, I contrived, with the exception of a few desperate stumbles (the surplice being about twice too long in the train for me) to reach my proper seat in the Sanctum Sanctorum. The chapel was thronged to excess, the admissions that year having been unusually numerous ; and the spectacle, presenting in long parallel lines, one rising above another, the select youth of Britain, pure and unspotted (at least in appearance) as their angelic vests, was to me, at first sight, as it were, a peep into Heaven.

R. Js last night ? Your phiz, my fine fellow, looks winish—yea, the liquor's yet oozing through every pore of you. $. Rare fun, Sir. There were six and twenty of us altogether—real good ones—nothing but trumps every one of them, Sir. There were W. , the honourable S. , and many more prime ones. R. Such " birds of a feather" must have made high game for you. S. You're right, Sir. There was no lack of jollification, I warrant you. We had a d—d good dinner of four courses, and lots of champagne, claret, and burgundy, to begin with.

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