to the minister. And if the minister did it he would go to the rector: and the rector to the provincial: and the provincial to the general of the jesuits. That was called the order: and he had heard his father say that they were all clever men. They could all have become jesuits. And he wondered what Gather Arnall and Paddy Barrett would have become and what Mr McGlade and Mr Gleeson would have become if they had not become jesuits. It was hard to think of them in a different way with different coloured coats and trousers and with beards and moustaches and different kinds of hats.
The door opened quietly and closed. A quick whisper ran through the class: the prefect of studies. There was an instant of dead silence and then the loud crack of a pandybat on the last desk. Stephen's heart leapt up in fear.
----Any boys want flogging her, Father Arnall? cried the prefect of studies. There was an instant of dead silence and then the loud crack of a pandybat on the last desk. Stephen's heart leapt up in fear.
----Any boys want flogging here, Father Arnall? cried the prefect of studies. Any lazy idle loafers that want flogging in this class?
He came to the middle of the class and saw Fleming on his knees.
----Hoho! he cried. Who is this boy? Why is he on his knees? What is you name, boy?
----Hoho, Fleming! An idler of course. I can see it in you eye. Why is he on his knees, Father Arnall?
----He wrote a bad Latin theme, Father Arnall said, and he missed all the questions in grammar.
----Of course he did! cried the prefect of studies. Of course he did! A born idler! I can see it in the corner of his eye.
He banged his pandybat down on the desk and cried:
----Up, Fleming! Up, my boy!