Education: Greek Is Greater

Let me advise you to study Greek, Mr. Undershaft. Greek scholars are privileged men. Few of them know Greek; and none of them know anything else; but their position is unchallengeable. Other languages are the qualifications of waiters and commercial travellers: Greek is to a man of position what the hallmark is to silver.

Last week a bright-eyed old man sat on a worn leather bench in London's Athenaeum Club and echoed this admonition from Greek Scholar Adolphus Cusins in Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara.

"My belief in Greek is greater than ever," said 84-year-old Gilbert...