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school dream #436

This time, I was in an english class, and an exam was being handed out. And I'll be damned if the prof wasn't mountainwitch. I finished awfully early, only to find out I had turned it in without completing the essay portion. I got it back, in a panic, and found I only had messy fountain pens (I used these all the time in reality in Jr High for some reason) and tiny paper. I read the question over and over, but just couldn't get it. It was something about the author of Ghormenghast. I had a paragraph of crap and no thesis when the bell rang, er, my alarm went off.

A, I promise I wouldn't disrespect your class this way in real life!

More on the real events of the weekend later.



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Dec. 6th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
It could be worse . . .
I'm actually teaching Wislawa Szymborska's poem "Brueghel's Two Monkeys" in class today, in which the poet has a nightmare about stammering through an oral exam while mocked by chained monkeys. If you weren't mentally-outmatched by chained monkeys, that's still a point in your favor.

It doesn't matter how old you get . . . Like the dream of being naked in high school, screwed-up-exam dreams can turn into a kind of psychological shorthand about anxiety, forgetting something, etc. Mine is being onstage and forgetting my lines . . . In one variation, I was playing Gertrude, sexually harassed by Claudius, and Hamlet never showed up.

We were also being watched by a bunch of Amish people. Which made sense, y'know, cause they don't have TV's.
Dec. 6th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: It could be worse . . .
You're right, there were NO chained monkeys in my dream. PHEW! :) Or Amish people... for that matter.
Dec. 6th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
I would have loaned you a pencil. :)
Dec. 6th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S.
You are too kind! How often do you have to lend pencils in the classroom?
Dec. 6th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S.
I'd say about 2-4 times a year. Not often . . . And I probably shouldn't, being college and all . . . But I *know* what it's like to get so flustered, having lost a pen or run out of pencil lead, and I just feel sorry for the student. Sometimes I've been that person trying to take notes in pink highlighter, and it's not a fun trip. ;)
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