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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 9 July 14, 1943

[Letter from P. L. R. Abraham to Salient Vol. 6, No. 9 July 14, 1943]

Dear Sir,

I would draw your attention to a highly unwarranted attack upon the English public school system which appeared in the last edition of Salient under the guise of a review of "A Yank at Eton."

Your critic obviously knows nothing about the English public school, nor of its New Zealand counterpart. He piously brings forth the usual catch-phrases about class distinctions which are supposedly fostered in these public schools. As an old boy of one of them, and as one who has come into contact with old boys of many others, from both England and New Zealand, I would assure him that his assertions must be entirely groundless. In fact, the only place where I have noticed the snobbery of which he complains is amongst certain of those who have the means of acquiring this form of education, but have failed to do so. This feeling, I presume, must be attributed partly to an inferiority complex, which they would hide by a show of aggressiveness, and partly to jealousy of those whom they fear might be better off than themselves.

—I am, sir,

P. L. R. Abraham.