“The best moments in reading…”

I loved The History Boys when it first opened at The National Theatre, and this quiet moment in the play when Hector is speaking to Posner is one of my favourite parts:

The Best Moments (Alan Bennett) by Sydneydiana

Alan Bennett really is a genius, and I love the Hardy poem from the same scene:

Drummer Hodge – Thomas Hardy

They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest
Uncoffined – just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest
That breaks the veldt around;
And foreign constellations west
Each night above his mound.

Young Hodge the Drummer never knew –
Fresh from his Wessex home –
The meaning of the broad Karoo,
The Bush, the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view
Strange stars amid the gloam.

Yet portion of that unknown plain
Will Hodge forever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain
Grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellation reign
His stars eternally

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