File under “Education, Idealism About”

A snippet from Felix Holt, the Radical, which I have recently been poring over on behalf of a small project for Open Letters:

All life seemed cheapened: as it might seem to a young student who, having believed that to gain a certain degree he must write a thesis in which he would bring his powers to bear with memorable effect, suddenly ascertained that no thesis was expected, but the sum (in English money) of twenty-seven pounds ten shilling and sixpence.

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