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Professor Wright
Let’s just take a step back, shall we?
Wed Apr 11, 2018 16:42 (XFF:,sams08194.atl,sams08194.atl)

Well. Dorian did seem to know the facts of the case, sure enough. Gray was not convinced this actually changed his position any, but at least he could honestly say that he had said no such things to the boy. There was that.

Dorian stopped sounding as though he were scolding as he continued, but he did not start sounding any less emphatic. Tatiana was, he supposed, fortunate in her friends. Marching into a teacher’s office to defend oneself was daring enough - doing it for someone else was quite another level of reckless. Even if the teacher in question was, well...Gray.

He looked startled, he knew, when the discussion abruptly switched from a question of what Dorian’s friend had or had not done to one about what sort of person she was. “I never said she was,” said Gray, hoping this was Dorian’s own embellishment and that Tatiana hadn’t thought he meant that.

He did, privately, think, independent of morality, that Tatiana was too smart to have cheated this way if she’d known it to be cheating. It was easy to hear the somewhat childish (well, more childish than was age appropriate) way Tatiana and Dorian spoke and assume this meant they were intellectually younger than they looked as well. Gray, a man who for years had fed himself with words, knew better. That Tatiana in particular, with a native language so far removed from English, could communicate at all was a sign of intelligence - undeveloped intelligence in some ways, he thought, intelligence to a point hindered by her personality (Gray often used assignments where students were asked to think of practical applications for their lessons because it was good for the students, but he also couldn’t quite help doing a bit of armchair psychoanalysis on the results he got), but the mere fact that they were passing their exams meant, he was near-sure, that there was necessarily a streak of brains and perseverance in both Tatiana and Dorian that would have done any Aladren proud. This meant they were smart enough that if they decided to cheat, they’d probably cheat well.

“No, Dorian,” he continued out loud. “Whatever happened, I’m sure it’s the result of a misunderstanding. And if it was just a spelling quill - if I knew it was just a spelling quill - that would be one thing, but since I didn’t know about it, I can’t be sure it wasn’t the kind of quill that writes more than you tell it - that might put down ideas that aren’t Tatiana’s. Does that make sense?” he decided to check. “She’s not being punished because I don’t know what happened, but I have to know that her work is all her work to grade it. I’m sorry if she - didn’t understand me.” Or had just presented the story to her friend in a way which...simplified or exaggerated it a bit. Not that he’d blame her at all - it was human nature - but he suspected Dorian might throw down a gauntlet at the suggestion.

  • No! It is wrong and not okay!Dorian, Fri Apr 6 07:47
    “But she tells me already,” Dorian assured the professor, his tone calm and factual. He could understand that teachers couldn’t just discuss students with other students in general, but he already... more
    • Let’s just take a step back, shall we? — Professor Wright, Wed Apr 11 16:42
      • A look of anger passed across Dorian’s face at the suggestion Tatya had done more than correct her spelling, and he hastily lowered his gaze, knowing that looking angrily at a teacher was crossing a... more
        • ...CoolProfessor Wright, Sun Apr 15 17:41
          Depends which philosopher you ask. Well, that had to be one of the more interesting sentences a second year had ever produced, at least in Gray’s presence. He certainly would not have produced it as... more
          • And not about these bits of paperDorian, Mon Apr 16 06:49
            Professor Wright said that he was ‘afraid’ twice without looking like he was actually at all scared, and which was a very odd reaction to some bits of paper, and a very odd thing for a teacher to... more
            • I think we will have to touch on them.Professor Wright, Mon Apr 16 15:12
              Dorian’s explanation – or explanation of inability to explain – of what had just happened scattered its tenses far and wide, its verb patterns even further, and yet Gray sort of wished it had been... more
              • Can I give you the Cliffnotes version?Dorian, Tue Apr 17 09:09
                “Right, thank you,” Dorian nodded, when Professor Wright told him that it was ‘written.’ “I mean,” he added, realising how it might have sounded like he hadn’t quite heard, “Right… correct, yes I... more
                • Sure, let's go with that.Professor Wright, Sat Apr 21 21:09
                  Ah, there was the reason Dorian, at least, was in Teppenpaw instead of Aladren. Gray had to admit that the child began to seem far more alien to him with this pronouncement about his character than... more
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