Education: Oxford v. Cambridge

Norman St. John-Stevas, 22, is no ordinary Briton. He is not merely "Oxford," nor is he really "Cambridge"; by the end of the year, he will have a bachelor's degree from both. In the London Spectator last week, he turned his double vision on an ancient riddle: just what are the differences between the two?

Cambridge, he found, "is a matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, sensible university. It is still defiantly progressive and somewhat less defiantly Protestant. Oxford ... is very much the city of dreaming spires, the home of lost causes, Catholic and conservative in its deepest roots.

"Eccentricity is frowned on at Cambridge; at...

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