Decline and Fall - Part 1: Chapters 5-6 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 5, Dr. Fagan marches into assembly, then perfunctorily and randomly conducts a bible reading and the Lord’s prayer. His main purpose is to list a litany of infractions committed by the boys, ranging from unauthorized use of the school telephone, to the smoking of low-quality cigars in the boiler room. Later in the chapter, Paul exerts determined authority and bribery in controlling his class, and is later informed that he has become popular as a result.

In Chapter 6, Paul settles in, having arrived at a mutually satisfactory understanding with his class, and enjoys the company of his peers. However, his concept of honor and “the durability of ideals” are tested when he receives a letter from a college friend, Arthur Potts. Potts conveys an offer of £20 compensation from Alastair Trumpington, the man to blame for his humiliation. Paul is uncertain about whether...

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