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Housman: A Critical Biograplry the school was still small, with only seventy-seven boys (including eleven foundation scholars, Alfred among them, who paid only five pounds a year) and an average of only half a dozen in the combined classical and modern sixth forms. Millington was a snob, but within his limitations a good teacher; those limitations are indicated by Housman's own verdict on him - 'Excellent for those of good ability in the ·subjects he cared about'* (a cap that also fitted himself tolerably well).
Scholars more celebrated that Ewing could also provoke the contempt of the young man from Bromsgrove: Andrew Gow reported that 'from the single lecture of Jowett's which he attended Housman came away disgusted by the Professor's disregard for the niceties of scholarship'. )* One has, right from the outset, a strong sense of a young man with considerably more than his share of the normal Oxford 35 assurance, or arrogance, of youth, judging his seniors according to his own rigorous and precociously established standards, and, when necessary, unhesitatingly pronouncing them wanting.
Sarah had fallen ill towards the end of 1869 and was growing steadily worse. Early in 1870 grandfather Thomas Housman died. Robert, whose asthma was causing anxiety, was sent off to a boarding-school in the kinder climate of Bath, thus breaking up for the first time the 'seven against the rest of the world'. Little Laurence suffered a prolonged illness. And as Edward Housman's family life showed signs of collapsing around him, his easy-going nature was unable to take the strain: he became withdrawn and began to drink heavily.
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