TURNING A BLIND EYE?
A Memory Man Production
You are an English headmaster in 1947 and are strict about the wearing of school uniform. The boys are very reluctant to wear their caps and you have issued an edict that any boys seen capless in the street will be caned.
You have been keeping an eye out for 11yo Simon Jenkins, a puny asthmatic boy with a history of poor health who is in his first term at your school. Happily he's a trier (with a capital "T" who does his best to try to keep up with the other boys) and rather than being bullied he is making friends.
One lunchtime you are walking out when you turn a corner and bump into a group of eight of your boys, Simon amongst them, all capless. "My office at afternoon break," you snap at them.
In the afternoon you open your door to see only seven boys waiting but spot Simon hovering round at the end of the long corridor. You usher them in and as you say, "I'll wait till you are all here," Hudson pipes up, "But we are all here, Sir" and the others nod and mutter their agreement.
You've never seen Simon as a coward (rather the opposite in fact) and this appears to you to be a blatant plot by his friends to deceive you and shield him from the consequences of his rule breaking.
Do you feign a miscount and just cane the seven, or do you summon Simon in and throw the book at them for trying to pull the wool over your eyes?