The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner - Mr. Raynor the School Teacher Summary & Analysis

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Mr. Raynor the School Teacher Summary

Mr. Raynor is teaching school, but is far more interested in what's out the classroom window across the street, a draper's shop where Raynor ogles the young women who work at the shop. His class is used to vast periods of silence in class when Raynor is looking out the window in a daze.

He sees a small, heavy-set girl in the shop, and longs for a previous employee, a young girl physically perfect in every way. He tries to evoke memories and imagine her. This perfect girl recently died.

The class gets rowdy, and Raynor leaves his fantasies to yell at them. He questions one clueless boy about the reading assignment, who clearly doesn't know the answer even as Raynor presses and derides him. Another boy answers, and Raynor awards him with a gold...

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