January 9th, 2005

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dream a little dream of....the franco-prussian war?

I dreamed last night that I was going to have to do the Leaving Cert again. I think everyone's had those dreams in which you have to do some really important exams, usually ones you already did ten years ago - I've had them before - but this one was weirdly logical. I kept going "well, it doesn't matter if I fuck up, because I've already gone to college and done my degree and no one will care about these results". But I was still terrified anyway. And I kept thinking things like, "okay, German will be fine, because my German's much better now what with the degree and everything, and English will be fine, because I can still remember big chunks of Wuthering Heights and King Lear*, but what about Irish? And Latin?" For some reason I was particularly worried about history. When I woke up I was feverishly trying to remember all the various Home Rule bills and what election year it was in which Parnell held the balance of power (1873?). As well as details of the Franco-Prussian war and the Dreikeiserbund. Actually, it seems that I remember quite a lot about the 1993 Leaving Cert history course after all - maybe I wouldn't have done all that badly....

*Two of the set texts for the Leaving in 1993. Note that my worries about this English exam seemed to be purely about remembering quotations, not about coming up with profound insights into these great works of English literature.
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