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On Being Found Out

By Thackeray, William Makepeace

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Title: On Being Found Out  
Author: Thackeray, William Makepeace
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: At the close (let us say) of Queen Anne?s reign, when I was a boy at a private and preparatory school for young gentlemen, I remember the wiseacre of a master ordering us all, one night, to march into a little garden at the back of the house, and thence to proceed one by one into a tool or hen house (I was but a tender little thing just put into short clothes, and can?t exactly say whether the house was for tools or hens), and in that house to put our hands into a sack which stood on a bench, a candle burning beside it. I put my hand into the sack. My hand came out quite black. I went and joined the other boys in the schoolroom; and all their hands were black too. By reason of my tender age (and there are some critics who, I hope, will be satisfied by my acknowledging that I am a hundred and fifty?six next birthday) I could not understand what was the meaning of this night excursion?this candle, this tool house, this bag of soot. I think we little boys were taken out of our sleep to be brought to the ordeal. We came, then, and showed our little hands to the master; washed them or not?most probably, I should say, not?and so went bewildered back to bed.

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