PRICE OF PREFECT'S PRIVILEGE
A Zac Production
12 September 1960
Dear Uncle Bransom,
I have the most exciting news. I have been appointed as prefect! As exciting as this news is, I am now presented with somewhat of a dilemma. Dear Uncle, I would so much like your advice.
As you know, St. Peter's seems quite keen on wielding the stick and slipper and many a boy here has found himself bending over, sometimes with pants or PJ bottoms down, in Mr. Stewart's study or before an angry master, at least once. Uncle, I do not mean to boast but I have escaped the cane and slipper and not because of wit or craft on my part but simply because I choose to follow the rules. Anyway, Uncle, they don't make naughty boys in to prefects do they? Besides the Headmaster, and all of the masters, the prefects are also allowed to keep their charges in line with some swift pain to the backside but there is more to that last part than most boys realise.
Uncle, therein lies my dilemma. It is only when you are made a prefect that you find out that you don't automatically get the authority to use 'corporal punishment'. In order for me to be allowed to whack the other boys then it is required that I experience a whacking myself! Oh, my heavens no, not because of any shortcoming on my part, but simply because the thinking is that "if I am going to swing it then I need to feel it." So it would seem, that in order for me to have all of the privileges afforded a prefect, I will need to feel what it is like to get a right good thrashing. This is not just for me but all the prefects, even those who have been whacked before.
I must be honest and say that this perturbs me greatly. I do so want to be prefect with all of the rights and privileges that come with the role but I so do not want to be whacked. Who does? Uncle, please keep my confidence, but I must say that the idea of being beaten frightens me terribly! After all, isn't that the whole point of 'corporal punishment'? Uncle, I am also told that it is intended that I receive at least part of my thrashing on my bare bum!
Of course, I could simply decline to administer whackings but I am worried that the other prefects would think I am a wimp who doesn't want to take the whacking required for the power - even if they would be right. Furthermore, I am most certain that would make a joke of my authority. I am sure all the prefects before me that I can remember have been whackers - some more, and some much more, than others. Admittedly, I can't remember last year's head boy ever doing it but he must have done it a few times even if most of the time he just needed to look at you to make you behave.
I have desired to be a prefect since I entered St. Peter's and I would think it most befitting that I have full authority that the title affords me. The idea of being beaten simply disturbs me.
How would you advise me in this situation?
Your loving nephew,
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