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William Shakespeare - The Christmas No.1 Story TV - Lord of the Flies 1963 & William Golding - Sunset Boulevard 1950 - Hannibal 2000 - The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 - Whole Lotta Sole 2011 - William Golding - Faulks on Fiction TV - Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life 1983 - Lewis Carroll - J O Halliwell - Noel Coward - Robert Falcon Scott - Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Charles Dickens & Great Expectations 2012 - Thomas Hardy - James Joyce - Razzle Dazzle 2007 -  

 

 

 

This wimpled, whining, purblind, wayward boy,

This senior-junior giant-dwarf, Dan Cupid.  William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost I ii 192

 

 

At first the infant,

Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,

And shining morning face, creeping like snail

Unwillingly to school.  William Shakespeare, As You Like It II vii 143

 

 

Bring forth men-children only;

For thy undaunted mettle should compose

Nothing but males.  William Shakespeare, Macbeth I vii 72

 

 

1969 Rolf Harris: Two Little Boys.  The Christmas No.1 Story, BBC 2012

 

 

What are all your names?  Lord of the Flies 1963 starring James Aubrey & Tom Chapin & Hugh Edwards & Roger Elwin & Tom Gaman & David Surtees & Simon Surtees & Nicholas Hammond et al, director Peter Brook, Piggy

 

His name’s not Fatty.  His real name’s Piggy.  ibid.  Ralph

 

If we don’t lose our head, we’ll be all right.  ibid.  Ralph

 

After all, we’re not savages, we’re English, and the English are better at everything.  ibid.  Jack

 

We might stay here until we die.  ibid.  Piggy

 

A snake thing.  Ever so big.  We saw it.  When we was hiding in the jungle in the dark.  ibid.  Piggy

 

I tell you there isn’t a beast.  ibid.  Ralph

 

Bash her in!  Kill the pig!  ibid.  all

 

I don’t believe in no ghosts.  Ever.  ibid.  Piggy

 

Who thinks there may be ghosts?  ibid.  Ralph

 

The rules.  You’re breaking the rules.  Because the rules are the only thing we’ve got.  ibid.  Ralph

 

Why are things going wrong like they are?  ibid.  Ralph to Piggy

 

I gave you food and my hunters will protect you from the beast.  Who’ll join my tribe?  ibid.  Jack

 

You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody bloody thief.  ibid.  Ralph to Jack

 

Which is it better to be?  A pack of painted savages like you are, or sensible like Ralph is?  ibid.  Piggy

 

 

Youve got to have rules and obey them.  After all were not savages.  Were English.  And the English are best at everything.  So well have lots of rules.  And when anybody breaks them …  William Golding, The Lord of the Flies

 

 

Mad About The Boy.  Sunset Boulevard: A Hollywood Story 1950 starring Gloria Swanson & Erich von Stronheim & William Holden & Nancy Olson & Fred Clark & Lloyd Gough & Jack Webb & Franklyn Farnum et al, director Billy Wilder, inscription in card case

 

 

You’re a very unusual boy, aren’t you?  Hannibal 2000 starring Anthony Hopkins & Julianne Moore & Gary Oldman & Ray Liotta & Frankie Faison & Giancarlo Giannini & Francesca Neri & David Andrews & Francis Guianan et al, director Ridley Scott, Lecter to boy

 

 

All I want’s my boy.  The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 starring Doris Day & James Stewart & Bernard Miles & Brenda De Banzie & Ralph Truman & Daniel Gelin & Mogens Wieth & Alan Mowbray & Hillary Booke & Christopher Olsen et al, director Alfred Hitchcock, Stewart

 

 

But you do have something that I want.  Not want – have to have.  I want that wee boy of yours.  Whole Lotta Sole 2011 starring Brendan Fraser & Colm Meaney & Martin McCann & Yaya DaCosta & Michael Legge & David O'Hara et al, director, boss to gambler

 

 

Now the villain was to be an even more unlikely figure, one who initially looks like an angel in Paradise.  At first sight it would seem an idyllic setting.  An island deserted apart from a handful of innocent schoolboys.  Yet it was here that William Golding proposed to look evil straight in the face.  And that face belonged to perhaps the most shocking villain in British fiction  a twelve-year-old choirboy called Jack Meridew.  Faulks on Fiction 4/4: The Villains, BBC 2011

 

 

Patient: Is it a boy or a girl?

 

Obstetrician: Now I think its a little early to start imposing roles on it, dont you?  Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life 1983 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Carol Cleveland & Patricia Quinn et al, director Terry Jones

 

 

Speak roughly to your little boy,

And beat him when he sneezes;

He only does it to annoy,

Because he knows it teases.  Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

 

What are little boys made of?  J O Halliwell, Nursery Rhymes, 1844

 

 

Mad about the boy.  Noel Coward, song 1932

 

 

Make the boy interested in natural history if you can; it is better than games.  Robert Falcon Scott, last letter to wife 1913

 

 

Schoolboys are a merciless race, individually they are angels, but together, especially in schools, they are often merciless.  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

 

 

Come along, boy!  Boy!  Great Expectations 2012 starring Jeremy Irvine & Helena Bonham Carter & Ralph Fiennes & Robbie Coltrane & Jason Flemyng & Holliday Grainger & Ewen Bremner & Sally Hawkins & David Walliams & Olly Alexander et al, director Mike Newell

 

I’ve a pretty large experience of boys.  And you’re a bad set of fellows  behave yourself.  ibid.  Coltrane

 

 

You are a human boy, my young friend.  A human boy.  O glorious to be a human boy! ... O running stream of sparkling joy to be a soaring human boy!  Charles Dickens, Bleak House

 

‘Don’t you be afraid of hurting the boy,’ he says.  ibid.

 

 

In the third-class seat sat the journeying boy,

And the roof-lamp’s oily flame

Played down on his listless form and face,

Bewrapt past knowing to what he was going,

Or whence he came …  Thomas Hardy, Midnight on the Great Western

 

 

‘There is not much that I can do,

For I’ve no money that’s quite my own!’

Spoke up the pitying child –

A little boy with a violin

At the station before the train came in, –

‘But I can play my fiddle to you,

And a nice one ’tis, and good in tone!’

 

The man in the handcuffs smiled;

The constable looked, and he smiled, too,

And the fiddle began to twang;

And the man in the handcuffs suddenly sang

With grimful glee:

‘This life so free

Is the thing for me!’

And the constable smiled, and said no word,

As if unconscious of what he heard;

And so they went on till the train came in –

The convict and boy with the violin.  Thomas Hardy, ‘At the Railway Station, Upway’

 

 

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.  Stephens 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 your name, boy?

 

-- Fleming, sir.

 

-- Hoho, Fleming!  An idler of course.  I can see it in your 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 perfect 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!

 

Fleming stood up slowly.

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