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Film & History (2012) - Jolly Old Sports: English Character, Comedy, and Cricket in The Lady Vanishes




In the U. K., the public schools are actually private establishments with only limited state funding.2 Prior to reforms following World War II, the great public schools like Rugby, Winchester, Eton (and Caldicott and Charters' own Repton and Marlborough) typically boarded upper- and upper-middle class boys, often at great financial expense for the parents, during adolescence (ages 13-18 or so). (According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, "Legend has it that Winston was academically a bit of a dunce" and "the schoolboy Winston was a courageous individualist who flouted the rules and got into scrapes.