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Benson, E. F: The Rubicon.v1. 16 Jun 2013

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson. His friends called him Fred. Edward Frederic Benson was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury and member of a distinguished and eccentric family. After attending Marlborough and King's College, Cambridge where he studied classics and archaeology, he worked at the British School of Archaeology in Athens. One of our greatest humorists, he achieved great success at an early age with his first novel, Dodo (1893). He was a prolific author writing over a hundred books: serious novels, ghost stories, plays and biographies. But he is best remembered for his Lucia comedies written between 1920 and 1939 and other comic novels such as Paying Guests and Mrs Ames. He became mayor of Rye, the Sussex town that provided the model for his fictional Tilling, from 1934 to 1937.

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That evening the Professor of Ignorance sat long with paper spread before him, and with a pen in his hand, but he wrote nothing.
The window of his study looked out on to the street, which was lit by many gas-lamps. At length he dipped his pen into the ink, and wrote this:
"We should judge men by their best, not by their worst; by their possibilities, not by their limitations."
Next morning he read what he had written the night before, and smiled to himself.
"I have seen that before," he thought.
He took a book from the little shelf that stood close to his right hand, and referred to it.
"I am now quite sure that what I have written is true," he said.
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