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In the main courtyard stood a huge stone figure of a soldier, both hands folded on the handle of his great standing sword. The reserve [on the part of fellow students and of staff] surrounding me was now impenetrable. We foreign students were shunned [by everyone] . . except for those students expressly deputed to look after us at specially organised gatherings. ’ Clear-eyed about her own position, she saw Clark as being unready for Europe – let alone the monstrosities that the Third Reich was cultivating.
The encomium is, in any case, enlightening. It shows clearly and reliably why the young Clark knew, with precocious insight, that Franklin, with his particular educational ideas and approaches, was the man for him when he came away from the interview after the scholarship examination. It is not hard to imagine, conversely, how impressed Franklin must have been with a student of such range of reference, such articulate and advanced ideas and such intellectual curiosity, even if a natural timidity slightly undercut the overall effect.
Many boys had been privileged to get to know the inspiring teacher, and the warm friend behind the reserve which he presented to the world . . A passionate believer in education in Greek and Latin as the foundation of a career in the professions, or public life or the Church, he urged all talented boys to study both those subjects . . Under his direction the school enjoyed a similar success on the sporting field. Franklin’s idea of the good man had been influenced more by Greek ideas than Christian teaching.