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Oxford and Cambridge Nuts to Crack, Historical Witticisms

Oxford and Cambridge Nuts to Crack, Historical Witticisms [Kindle Edition]

Rev. Edward Berens , Richard Gooch

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• Oxford and Cambridge Nuts to Crack is bound with BONUS NOVELLA: Advice to a Young Man Upon First Going to Oxford. The introduction is by Rev, Edward Berens, 1832, late fellow of Oriel College.

“You are now entering upon the most important period – the turning point – of your whole life,” Reverend Berens advises his nephew in a series of 10 letters as the young man begins his Oxford studies. Among the pearls of wisdom, the Reverend advises on debt management, engaging in conversation, the importance of punctuality, Gothic architecture and hangovers - the bane of university students for centuries.
Addressing proper amusements for a young man, the Reverend shines: “Rowing is in itself a salutary and delightful species of exercise;” whereas “tennis is an animated game, of much variety in itself, and requiring great variety of muscular exertion. It is connected with many historical and chivalrous recollections, and carries the mind back to our Henry V and the “mocking Dauphin” of France.”
As for alcohol, the Reverend is most scornful: “You will rise from your bed heavy and languid, probably with some disposition to headache; and will be far more inclined to lounge in an easy-chair, or to saunter about in listless idleness, than to sit down to active mental exertion.”

This delightful introduction is followed by “Nuts to Crack. Quips, Quirks, Anecdote and Facete” written in 1895. Nuts is a collection of anecdotes, witticisms, tales of literary mortification and feasts – an altogether consuming glimpse into the life of Britain’s most privileged.

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