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Chris Reed posts on 4/4/2010 3:46:53 AM The following appears in the movie, "Marathon Man" (and perhaps the book itself): in the classroom as Babe secretly writes down the name "Tennyson" in his notebook, the Professor is speaking contemptuously to his students because they don't know two of Tennyson's poems ("My God! You can't compete on a doctoral level without knowing Tennyson's 'Locksley Hall' and 'Locksley Hall Sixty Years Later'"!) Apparently nobody caught the error: the name of the second poem is "Locksley Hall Sixty Years After", not "...Later". So while the professor is scorning the ignorance of his students, he is showing his own. Substituting "Later" for "After" alters the meaning of the poem.

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