The Exam Room by Cyril Edward Power (1934)
John Henry Newman writes to his friend Walter Mayers about his final examinations at Oxford, January 1821:
“My failure was most remarkable. I will grant I was unwell, low-spirited, and very imperfect in my books; yet, when in the Schools, so great a depression came on me, that I could do nothing. I was nervous in the extreme, a thing I never before experienced, and did not expect—my memory was gone, my mind altogether confused. The examiners behaved with great kindness to me, but nothing would do. I dragged a sickly examination…
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