Mr Chipping, the new teacher at Brookfield School in 1870, finds that he must be a conventional and firm disciplinarian in the classroom to keep the boys in line. This does not make him exactly popular – but his views broaden and his pedagogical manner breaks down after he meets Katherine, a young woman, while he is on holiday. They marry and Katherine charms the Brookfield teachers, the Headmaster and quickly wins the favour of Brookfield’s pupils through her kind good humour. She gives her husband the nickname of ‘Chips’ to the delight of the boys and she teaches Chips how to have a joke with the boys and to close his eyes to some of their minor misdemeanours. Chips’ popularity soon rises and his career at Brookfield is very long – but he sees his ‘boys’ grow to become fine men who can meet the challenges of the sweeping world changes that occur over his long life. A simple, unforgettable and evergreen story that continues to win hearts today.
Goodbye Mr Chips: James Hilton
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