START: Has anybody been to Rome? No? Wel...

The History Boys

Irwin

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START: Has anybody been to Rome? No? Well, you will be competing against boys and girls who have. And they will have been to Rome and Venice, Florence and Perugia, and they will doubtless have done courses on what they have seen there.

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END: Hate them because these boys and girls against whom you are to compete have been groomed like thoroughbreds for this one particular race. Put head to head with them and, on the evidence of these essays, you have none of you got a hope.

For full extended monologue, please refer to clips or the script edition cited here: Alan Bennett, The History Boys, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011, pp.44-45.

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