Life at a vile boarding school is in this way a good preparation for the Christian life, that it teaches one to live by hope. Even, in a sense, by faith; for at the beginning of each term, home and the holidays are so far off that it is as hard to realize them as to realize heaven. Tomorrow's geometry blots out the distant end of term as tomorrow's operation may blot out the hope of Paradise.
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Source Notes: Surprised by joy: The Shape of My Early Life (chapter 2, "Concentration Camp") (1955).
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