|Date(s):||22 January 2011|
|Genre:||backstory, missing scene|
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"Ancient History" is a short story by fanged_geranium based on Mary Renault's 1953 novel The Charioteer. Chronologically, it is the first story in a series of four, though the last to be posted. It fleshes out a missing scene that must have taken place shortly before Chapter Two.
Mr Jepson is appalled when one of the boys in his house, Hazell, confesses to a sexual involvement with Lanyon, the Head Boy at the school.
As the story took Jepson's perspective and presented a less negative view of him than the usual, it elicited a fair amount of comment:
- "I'd never thought of Jepson like this. Wonderful."—comment by toujours_nigel
- "This is an interesting take on Jeepers, and I think having him read something of his own experiences on to what Hazell says (or doesn't say), would certainly make a lot of sense."—comment by queen_ypolita
- "This seems a very plausible reason for Jepson's somewhat hysterical stringency. Nicely interpreted."—comment by essayel