-The History Boys-

Act 2 Scenes 9-12

Darin in the classroom after the other students and Mrs Lintott exit . Dakin questions Irwin on his education, and Irwin says that he attended the Corpus Christi College at Cambridge. 


Dakin questions if it will make him happy if he gets into Oxford or Cambridge. Irwin replies that he believes Dakin will be happy regardless of where he ends up.


Dakin reveals that he knows that Posner has feelings for him and dismisses it as ‘a phase.’


Dakin flirts with Irwin using the metaphor of Hitler approaching Poland, but Irwin does not take the bait. 


Dakin impresses Irwin with his practice essays on the events leading up to World War II.


Now all of the boys lineup for their class photo. Posner complains about having to squat in the front more until Mrs. Lintott reassigns his seat. 


Hector is made to take the photo so that he will not be in it. Mrs. Lintott protests, but the Headmaster remains firm with his decision. 


Hector stays behind the camera, to the pleasure of the headmaster . 


Mrs. Lintott talks with Irwin about their upcoming individual meetings with the Headmaster. She tells Irwin that she is leaving at the end of the next year, which means that the Headmaster will probably offer Irwin a full-time position. 


They discuss the gossip around school about Hector’s impending departure. Mrs. Lintott suspects that Hector’s wife has known about her husband’s sexual proclivities all along. 


Hector and the Headmaster exit the Headmaster’s office and it is Mrs. Lintott’s turn to follow the Headmaster back inside. Hector tells Irwin that he has received his pink slip, but Irwin already knows.



Irwin and Hector proceed to talk about Hector’s plans. Hector wants to ride around the country in a book van. Hector discusses that he has remained in the teaching profession for so long. 


He warns Irwin against staying in academia, and Irwin responds by saying that he doesn’t intend to.


Mrs. Lintott reappears and Hector asks her if she knows why he is leaving. She says that everyoneknows – especially the boys as they experienced his molestation firsthand. 


Hector attempts to defend his actions, but he fails to convince Mrs. Lintott. She surprises Hector with the news that the Headmaster is planning on asking Hector to take Mrs. Lintott’s place after Mrs. Lintott departs. 


The Headmaster takes Irwin into his study.

Scripps discusses going to Eucharist in the college chapel before taking his entrance exam. 


Dakin tells his examiner that he had a Lord of the Rings poster in his office. Posner says that he answered a question on the Holocaust just as Irwin trained him, and the examiners praised his ‘sense of detachment’.


Then, the boys come bursting onto the stage. We learn that all of them earned places at Oxbridge.

The History Boys

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool.

In Alan Bennett’s classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.

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