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Tom Brown's School Days is an novel by Thomas Hughes. The story is set in the s at Rugby School, a public school for boys. Hughes attended Rugby . Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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His own father had been a contemporary of Arnold's at Oriel, and Thomas and his brother George were sent to Rugby to benefit from what sounds like a fanatical moral rigour. It is London in the year and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. Reprinted in with the help of original edition published long back []. The driving of this unlucky lower-fourth must have been grievous work to the unfortunate master, for it was the most unhappily constituted of any in the school. You will probably find that the Hughes book presents quite a bit of difficulty, unless you are presently studying in the same school system. What the real Dr Arnold made of all this is unclear. Mass Market Paperback.

He quickly begins to follow Arthur's example and also prays before going to sleep. Other boys gradually follow Tom's example also. Tom and Arthur begin to regularly read and discuss the Bible together. Harry East later joins in their Bible classes too. With the help of Tom and East, Arthur makes more friends, learns to fish and swim and enjoy the outdoors.

When another boy makes fun of Arthur for being moved to tears by a passage from Homer , Tom fights him.

When Arthur nearly dies of a fever, Tom promises to put more effort into his school work. For years, when doing translations from Latin and Greek, Tom had relied on "crib books' written by earlier generations of Rugby students, effectively copying what another student had written and not thinking about the meaning of the original text at all.

Having promised Arthur to give up the "crib books", even though he finds it very difficult to translate without them, Tom later succeeds in persuading East and his other friends to give them up as well. The penultimate chapter takes place on Tom's last day at Rugby. Tom has become the captain of the cricket team and Arthur is one of his players.

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Tom's team play against a team of older men from London. The Rugby School team loses but Tom is proud of how both he and Arthur have developed. Tom is surprised when a teacher tells him that his friendship with Arthur had been engineeered by "the Doctor" in order to improve his behavior. The final chapter takes place in Tom, now a university student, is on vacation with some friends in Scotland when he hears of the death of "the Doctor".

Tom immediately goes back to Rugby in order to pay respect to the man who had such a great influence on his life.

Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Plot As a very young boy, Tom Brown is taken to the village fair by an elderly male servant. Rugby School, the school which Tom Brown attends in the novel.

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Tom Brown, Arthur and East study the Bible. The character of Tom Brown is a composite character, based on the author himself and his older brother George Hughes. The novel has been adapted for the cinema three times, in , and , and adapted for British television twice, in and A musical based on the novel ran in London's West End in Tom Brown's Schhool Days was enormously influential on later British "school stories" of the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Harry Potter series by J.

The British author George MacDonald Fraser used an adult version of the bully Flashman from Tom Brown's School Days as the central figure in a successful series of historical fiction novels. Hughes wrote a sequel to the novel called Tom Brown at Oxford. Although Tom Brown's School Days remains popular after more than one hundred and fifty years, Tom Brown at Oxford has faded into obscurity. As a very young boy, Tom Brown is taken to the village fair by an elderly male servant.

As a small boy, he is mostly looked after by elderly male servants. He is educated at home by a tutor but enjoys playing with the boys from the local village school. The schoolmaster even agrees to allow a few of the boys to leave early each day, so that they can play with Tom. At the age of twelve, in the early s, Tom is sent away to an unnamed minor private school where he is not particularly happy. His time there comes to an abrupt end when there is an outbreak of fever and the school is closed. Tom's parents agree that he can start part way through the school year at Rugby.

His father accompanies him for part of the journey but he makes the final phase of the trip, on the roof of a stage coach, by himself. The two quickly become good friends. On his first day at the school, Tom joins in an early version of the football game now known as rugby, in which there are dozens of players on each team.

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Tom quickly accepts all the traditions and rituals of the school, including the fact that he is expected to do chores for sixth formers. However, Tom refuses to do chores for the fifth former Flashman and his gang of followers. Flashman's bullying of Tom and other younger boys becomes steadily worse. When Tom refuses to give Flashman a sweepstake ticket for the favorite in an upcoming horse race, Flashman and his followers hold Tom up to a fireplace so that he is deliberately burned.

Although Tom refuses to say anything to any members of school staff about how he got his injuries, Flashman is expelled soon afterwards when he is found drunk on hard liquor.