Rebecca West on Education

A while back, I read the Paris Reviews interviews of modern writers. Here’s the 90-year-old Rebecca West on her education:

We had large classes, which was an ineffable benefit, because the teachers really hadn’t time to muck about with our characters. You see, the people who wanted to learn, sat and learned, and the people who didn’t, didn’t learn, but there was no time, you know, for bringing out the best in us, thank God. I had some magnificent teachers, actually, a Miss MacDonald, who taught me Latin irregular verbs.

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