The History Boys

History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind… with a bucket.

– Mrs Lintott, The History Boys

Pass the parcel. That’s sometimes all you can do. Take it, feel it and pass it on. Not for me, not for you, but for someone, somewhere, one day. Pass it on, boys. That’s the game I want you to learn. Pass it on.”

– Hector, The History Boys


I had all the characteristics of a human being—flesh, blood, skin, hair—but my depersonalization was so intense, had gone so deep, that my normal ability to feel compassion had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning.”

– Patrick Bateman, American Psycho


What I’m aiming for with this waistcoat/granddad shirt/round spectacles combination is the look of a shell-shocked young army officer with a stammer and a notebook full of poetry who’s been sent back from the brutalities of The Front, but is fulfilling his patriotic duty by working on a farm in a remote Gloucestershire village, where he’s treated with gruff suspicion by the locals, but secretly loved from afar by the vicar’s beautiful, bookish, suffragette daughter, who’s into pacifism, vegetarianism and bisexuality.

– Brian Jackson, Starter For Ten


Beware of her fair hair, for she excells
All women in the magic of her locks,
And when she twines them round a young man’s neck
she will not ever set him free again.”

– Shelley’s translation of Goethe’s Faust, captioning Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rosetti


When I saw him look at me with lust, I dropped my eyes but, in glancing away from him, I caught sight of myself in the mirror. And I saw myself, suddenly, as he saw me, my pale face, the way the muscles in my neck stuck out like thin wire. I saw how much that cruel necklace became me. And, for the first time in my innocent and confined life, I sensed in myself a potentiality for corruption that took my breath away.”

– Narrator, The Bloody Chamber