Who among college men relishes the visitations of the plebs to his "spiritual home"? Very few. Yet this affliction is shared by graduates and undergraduates the world over. Summer vacations throw open universities to all manner of people seeking all manner of things in all manner of ways. Chief among them, and least offending, is the teacher bent upon self-improvement.

With all Oxford "down" for the Long Vac, it is customary for old men and fawning boys, bespectacled spinsters and enquiring teachers to desecrate the...

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