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  • He certainly does (to use a Housmanian verb) sunder the scholar's superficially odd-sounding call for "self-repression" from its proper context as the logical conclusion to the "exquisite to whom?" speech, in which Housman expressed his prescient suspicion about cultural bias; and indeed, though Mr. Stoppard quotes that speech (elsewhere), he does so in a manner that, if anything, subverts Housman's superb philological insight.

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