Gilbert Highet (1906-1978), "The American Student as I See Him,"
10.4 (Autumn, 1941) 416-427 (at 422):
I went to a perfectly ordinary school in Scotland, P.S. 93 as it were. In my last three
years (ages 15-18) we were forced to read and understand
Hamlet, Macbeth, Henry IV, Chaucer's Prologue and Knight's
Tale, Polyeucte, Le Cid, Le Misanthrope, Eugénie Grandet,
Seven Against Thebes, The Persians, Iliad XVI and XVIII,
Aeneid II, IV, and VI, Livy IX and several other books. And
we read them. (Dickens and Scott and Thackeray and so on, we
had read long before.) We had to, under that stringent discipline. We could write a character of Macduff or Célimène, we
could reproduce the various explanations and emendations of
the "dram of eale" in Hamlet, we could compare the shields of
Achilles and Aeneas, we could write little essays on Balzac's
idea of realism. They were not very good; but they proved that
we had read the books.
Highet attended Hillhead High School in Glasgow.