Said Agha ibn Firnas should enquire her by way of the chief

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--
made a show of "getting
comfortable". I wanted to be out with the others, not
sitting here listening to a lecture, for even from such a
great man as the Lama Mingyar Dondup a lecture was a

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lecture, and medicine with a pleasant taste was still medicine.
"You know all this, Lobsang, or should if you have paid
any attention to your teachers (which I doubt!) but I will
remind you again as I fear that your attention is still some-
what lacking." With that he gave me a piercing glance and
resumed. "We come to this Earth as to a school. We come
to learn our lessons. In our first attendance at school we are
in the lowest class because we are ignorant and as yet have
learned nothing. At the end of our term we either pass our
examinations or fail them. If we pass we go on to a higher
class when we return from the school vacation. If we fail,
then we return to the same class as that which we left. If
we fail in perhaps one subject only we may be permitted
to go on to the higher class and there also study the subject
of our failure."
This was speaking to me in language which I well under-
stood. I knew all about examinations, and failing in a sub-
ject and having to go on to a higher class, competing with
bigger boys, and at the same time studying in what should
have been my free time, studyi


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