At the beginning of Act Two, Housman has failed his Oxford exams and
Housman: … All the land of Gilead, unto Dan, and all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Juda unto the utmost sea, but not including Wales which I give to the Methodists.
Kate: But what happened, Alfred?
[... … …]
Kate: That was only to punish Him for mother dying.
Housman: And by God, He stayed punished.
Tom Stoppard, The Invention of Love, Grove Press, 1997, pp. 50-52.
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