Feature Drama | 1910 | Silent | B/W
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Early adaptation of the novel 'Tom Brown's Schooldays', featuring three actors as Tom at different ages - as a young boy, starting school, and as a young man leaving school 1916
Features opulent Victorian period costumes (set in the 1830s) and scenes based in a country village and later at Rugby school. Family melodrama, with comedy, coming-of-age story, and some Christian morals.
[TOM BROWN AS A BOY]
[00:00:00] Opening title. A group of ladies in bonnets stand (Victorian costumes) laughing and chatting. A man in a top hat next to them uses some snuff and laughs. A midwife emerges with a baby in swaddling, and a man with a large beard looks closely then whispers into a ladies ear, "It's a boy!". Close-up of the man and others fawning over the baby.
[00:39:14] Title: "Meadow Sweets - With six years of motherly devotion and self-sacrifice bestowed upon him, Tom Brown becomes the Crichton of the village boys". Tom is seen at a young age, sitting on a rock next to a flowing stream / waterfall. He is wearing a velvet coat with lace frilly neck piece and a boater-type straw hat, has long flowing wild curly hair, and is happily playing with a stick. Other young children are there with sticks and he chases them across a wooden bridge alongside the stream.
[01:00:00] A stocky man in short dungarees and a hat stands outside his barn and shows an old man a hoe tool. The old man wears an all-in-one outfit, has great wispy white hair and moustache, and a hat, and carries a walking stick. Title: "Sharp tools in little boys' hands lose their edges, much to the annoyance of the wheelwright". The boys arrive, slip sliding down the adjacent hillside.
[01:23:00] Title: "At the Village Board Meeting, Lawyer Redtape denounces Squire Brown's son for playing with dirty village boys whom the best of farmer's sons would not even mix with". Five well-dressed Victorian gentlemen sit around a small wooden table belong a gilt-framed painting, arguing vehemently. One slams his hands down on the table.
[01:36:00] Title: "Nurse Charity". A young woman in a black dress, white pinafore and bonnet is seen outdoors walking between some trees looking for someone. A crowd of young people and common folk are standing next to a mucky puddle or pond by a road, feeding the ducks. The nurse marches up and swipes away one of the children under her arm, kicking and screaming. The wheelwright is seen walking by a white fence. The nurse speaks to two ladies as she holds Tom Brown, and then the wheelwright approaches to show Tom his ruined hoe. The nurse and the wheelwright smile and she leads Tom away.
[02:26:00] Title: "The village schoolmaster has his troubles". The teacher writes at a blackboard as schoolboys make mischief behind him, but when he turns around they put their heads down to feign working. He tells one pupil, "Give me that carrot!" He is given it. Close up on schoolmaster's face looking at the carrot. He wears a fez-style hat and small round spectacles. He sneakily eats the carrot. In the street Tom is skipping along with the nurse and they encounter the old man. Tom naughtily sneaks round behind him and kicks away his walking stick. In the classroom the boys are still making mischief - one uses a slingshot to pelt the boy in front's leg. He yelps in pain and all crowd round as the schoolmaster tries to establish the problem.
[03:17:00] Title: "As a result of the Board Meeting, Squire Straightback produces his son as an example to Squire Brown". Two men lead a young smartly-dressed boy wearing spectacles and with a neat short hair cut into Squire Brown's house. Title: "Tom's private tutor has troubles also". A tutor sits across a table from the boy as Tom uses a quill feather to prod and tickle the man's bald head. The tutor is angry and gets up and leaves, passing Tom a workbook and shaking his finger. A few are assembled in Squire Brown's reception room to meet Straightback's son who is ambling about. Tom Brown peers from behind a curtain to see what is happening. The Straightback boy is on the other side and taking careful aim, Tom uses his quill to stab the boy's backside through the curtain. The boy jumps forward in pain. Tom is pulled out and berated, and Squire Straightback exclaims "If he'll only turn out a brave, helpful, truth telling gentleman, that's all I want, Sir!". "Good day sir", says Squire Brown and shows Straighback the door. He leaves with his son and the other younger man.
[04:57:00] Title: "Cynthia Brown, Tom's sister, returns from the hunt with a trophy - her first brush". A pretty lady is shown standing next to a horse, stroking its nose. She is in full ladies hunting gear with gold-embroidered coat and feather-adorned hat. Squire Straightback and company walk past, and she turns her nose up at his younger companion, laughing at him as he walks away. She skips back to the house. In the opulent interior of Squire Brown's home he is talking to a lady doing embroidery when Cynthia arrives and kisses her (her mother?). She shows them her new 'brush', a stoat or ferret, then takes it through to Tom who is with his schoolmaster. She nods to the teacher and embraces Tom, poking him with the dead animal. She tells him to finish his school work, but once she has left the tutor lets him go.
[06:14:00] Outside a man sits on the step, dressed in an all-in-one smock outfit with a small fez-style hat and stripy neckerchief, and a face reminiscent of a clown or mime artist with wide strange eyes and expressions - this is Jacob Doodle-calf, the half-wit. A woman comes out (housekeeper) and gives him a piece of cake to eat. He tucks in, but two mischievous boys creep up and push the cake into his face as he eats it, and it smears all over his nose. Tom comes out gaily to have a look, then skips over to see an old man and his dog. He throws sticks in the air for the dog to catch.
[06:48:00] Outside the wheelwright's workshop, Doodle-calf arrives, but the wheelwright sends him off. Cut to him standing by the side of the stream as Tom arrives to see him. Title: "Tom induces Doodlecalf to go bird-nesting". The run down the riverbank back to the wheelwright's yard, who sees them walk past - Title: "Dawn of suspicion". Wheelwright talks to the old man, and after they walk off Tom and Doodle-calf sneak into the workshop. The wheelwright and old man go to a tavern [public house] and get a drink, walking past a man at the entrance smoking a long-handled pipe. Meanwhile Tom is using the wheelwright's hoe to bash one of the large iron wheel's as Doodle-calf searches among the rafters. He finds the birds nest with manic delight, and brings it down. Wheelwright (looks like a farmer) leaves the pub and saunters back (nice shot from behind of him walking down the village road with pig snuffling in background).
[08:22:00] Title: "Tom at the village school porch with his prize". He stands next to Doodle-calf, who is scratching his head with one arm down his trousers like an imbecile [insanity]. Wheelwright returns to his workshop and sees the newly damaged hoe tool, exclaiming "Now I know who has broken my adze!", and smiles and shakes his head. Tom and Doodle stand at the porch and watch as wheelwright marches approaching, waving the adze. Tom gives Doodle the birds nest and runs off, leaving him to face wheelwright's wrath. He shakes him by the shoulder showing him the broken adze, but Doodle is stupid and can only point out the wonder of the nest.
[09:01:00] Shot of the schoolboys fooling about in the schoolyard, shoving each other and running off. Tom peers at wheelwright and Doodle from behind a bush/fence. He leads Doodle off by the scruff of the neck, angry. Tom looks on, and the other school boys run over to watch too, then lift Tom up by the arms and carry him off. At the village gaol/prison a man sits at a high desk, and wheelwright arrives to tell him what Doodle has done - he berates him. The boys are playing outside, throwing things at each other. Three old men with pipes and moustaches are standing nearby and a boy throws a pile of soil at one, hitting him in the head. He stumbles and the boys point and laugh, as does one of the other men. The boys run off and we see more boys with Tom down by the river/stream picking some plants.
[10:02:00] A woman sits on a bed doing some knitting(?) while a baby is in a cot/manger beside her. The wheelwright crosses a bridge over the river and knocks at the door of a cottage. The woman answers, and he shows her his broken tool. Title: "You must buy me a new adze, or your son stays in prison" (Mrs Dodson, Doodle-calf's mother). She is distraught. Tom starts to walk over the bridge carrying a bundle of flowers/plants/reeds and sees them. He looks sorrowful, drops the bundle and warily crosses the bridge. He peers in the door and the woman is sitting crying into a handkerchief next to the baby. Tom leans against the wall looking thoughtful. Title: "Once to every soul and nation / Comes the moment to decide / In the strife of truth or falsehood / For the good or evil side". Tom looks up and grins maniacally and rubs his hands. Title: "Tom forms a plan to purge his guilt. Squire Brown's cook is a goodly person to appeal to".
[11:28:00] The cook is in the kitchen, in front of a dresser of plates, wearing a big white apron and frilly hat, and rolling out some dough on a table. Tom enters, creeps behind her, and puts his hands over her eyes. She kisses him on the cheek and smiles. Tom says "Poor Widow Doodlecalf is so hungry, have you got any nice pasties?". She goes off to get some, and Tom gobbles up some of the raisins, makes a pattern with them in the dough/pastry, then brushes all the flour off his clothes. Cook returns with a wicker basket full of goodies, which she gives to Tom and kisses him goodbye. After he leaves she sees his handiwork with her dough and jumps in surprise, tutting and removing all the raisins.
[12:55:00] Title: "Widow Doodlecalf struggles bravely to support her children". She is seen giving a package to one scruffy child, then sitting down with cup of tea by the fire to tend to the baby. In the street all the boys crowd round Tom to see the basket package he is carrying. He puts it down and starts to have a boxing match with one boy. As he does so boys steal things from the basket. Wheelwright looks on, leaning against a tree, and says "The Browns were always a fighting family!". Back in Squire Brown's study, two men in black jackets shake hands. Tom is in his nightclothes being put to bed by his sister and mother. He jumps off the bed, does a roly-poly somersault, then kneels by one of them saying "…and help me to be a brave, helpful, truthtelling man. Amen!". Close up of Tom and his mother praying, his head in her lap. The two leave, and Tom is left in bed (four-poster with flowery pattern) and is restless. Title: "At the thought of Doodlecalf in goal [sic], Tom cannot sleep". He sits on the side of his bed, forlorn, then gets up in his nightgown. He sneaks downstairs, down the banisters past ornate gilt-framed paintings, and looks through curtains. Mother, daughter and father are sitting by the fire. Daughter's hair is undone and flowing - mother toys with it and kisses her goodnight. She kisses her father goodnight also, and the younger man nods as well.
[15:10:00] Tom is outdoors in his nightgown, knocks at wheelwright's barn door, no answer. He runs off. In the tavern, the old man is drinking and smoking pipe with friends. Tom arrives at tavern door and peers in at the window, then as he tries to peer through the door crack a dog bounds up behind him and he falls through into the tavern. The old man helps him up as another young man looks on, and the wheelwright enters. Tom looks up and speaks to him: "I broke your adze, not Jacob Doodlecalf. Now I have told you the truth, I can go to sleep". Tom bows his head in shame and the wheelwright looks round at the others, pursing his lips knowingly (wearing a battered beanie hat). He lifts Tom up onto a table. The maid goes into Tom's bedroom and finds it empty, and runs out. Wheelwright wraps Tom up with the others to take him home. The maid runs in and tells Mr/Mrs Brown Tom is missing.
[16:55:00] The other old men go to the gaol and tell the gaoler what has happened. Doodlecalf is seen sleeping, snoring away. He is shaken awake, sits up briefly looking disturbed, then curls up again to go back to sleep. The man wakes him again, saying "Come on, get home, you didn't do it". The wheelwright arrives at the Browns house, and passes the sleeping bundle to the maid. They enter and the family are pleased. The chief constable throws Doodlecalf out onto the street, where he sits down and yawns. Wheelwright and Squire Brown have a drink. Title: "The empty bed". Doodle's bed is empty as his mother looks on. Title: "Their love was as fair and whole as human love can be. Perfect self-sacrifice on the one side meeting a young and true heart on the other". She looks out of the window, sad. In the dark street, Squire Brown waves off a departing coach and horses (wheelwright) as it drives down a street lined with trees and covered with snow. He goes in, sits on a chair and lights his pipe with a long taper, and smokes.
[TOM BROWN AT RUGBY SCHOOL]
[18:43:00] Title: "Rugby. You may know its schoolboys by their genial and hearty freshness and youthfulness of character". Panning shot of a grand building with a clock at Rugby school. Title: "Tom's first game at Rugger". Hundreds of boys in high-waisted shorts/trousers, white shirts and stripy ties are running around on a pitch. Title: "The blood of the Browns is up!". The boys scrum down and another throws in the ball as others looks on. Hundreds run forward as the action ensues, and one boy has the ball on the floor. Title: "It's Brown. He's a new boy. Crums! What a plucky youngster". Brown is now older, with short hair (played by different actor). He hobbles off supported by another boy (East). Title: "After the match". Seven or so boys are fully dressed in tail coats, waistcoats and top hats, lounging on desks and chairs in school fooling around. Tom is lead by another boy outside by some trees and they encounter a schoolmaster/teacher in a mortar board hat, then pass on by.
[20:21:00] East (in top hat) talks to Tom Brown (without hat), showing him jars of sweets through a window: "This is Sally Harrowell's, the schoolhouse tuck shop. She bakes such stunning Murphies, we'll have a penn'orth each for tea". The enter, and the rest of the boys are crowded round the room while a lady is handing them each a hot potato. Tom speaks [his face is shown in the upper corner of the intertitle frame next to the speech text, double-exposure]: "I say East, can't we get something else besides potatoes? I've got lots of money you know". He replies [again, face in corner]: "Brown you're a trump. I'll do the same by you next half, let's have a pound of sausages, that's the best grub for tea I know of". East grabs a string of sausages and wraps them in brown paper, and Tom pays the lady. They sit down with other boys at a table to eat, and put the sausages on a prong - then they all crowd round a fireplace to cook them.
[21:24:00] Title: "Whilst Tom is happy in his new world, a dark shadow passes over his home. His sister's disobedience leads her to grief". A man in riding gear stands with two horses. The dog barks and he creeps to look round a bush outside the Browns house. A man (the butler) comes out to tell the dog to quiet down, and while he is off with the dog, Tom's sister Cynthia sneaks out of the house. She shiftily re-reads a letter she has received, pulls her overgarment on, and hurries off across the grass and past the water. She creeps gingerly over the bridge, checking no-one sees her, then runs to join the main in the riding crop, who embraces her. He pleads with her to come with him, and they hurry off together, but they run past the man with the dog who sees them. He is alarmed and runs back to the house where he finds Cynthia's letter that she has dropped outside the door. It says "[Cynthia?]. Everything is arranged. The Parson will be at the Griffin Inn. Will have two horses top of drive. I hope dear you will have no difficulty getting away from…". The butler rushes inside to raise the alarm. The two lovers are seen bounding down a country lane on their horses. Squire Brown and his wife are in the study when the man brings them the letter, which they read in alarm and the maid comforts Mrs Brown. A horse is saddled and brought out and Squire Brown, now in top hat and cape, mounts it and gallops off after them.
[23:22:00] The youngsters gallop over a ford and down another lane, followed by the Squire at full speed. Back in the kitchen, the stable boy brings the news excitedly to the cook and maids, but the butler comes in tells them to quiet down and get back to work. The chase continues, but the Squire's way is blocked briefly by a flock of sheep crossing the road with a farmer. The parson sits waiting at the Inn, and is given a candle by the proprietor. The young couple gallop up a long winding open road. Mrs Brown sits faint in a chair, fanned by her maid and attended by the butler. The pair arrive outside the Inn, dismount and enter. The young man greets the parson, who opens up a book on the table (marriage register) and Cynthia looks frightened but is comforted. Outside the Squire arrives and dismounts, and forces his way through the Inn door, pushing a man over out of his way. He interrupts as the couple are signing the register and goes to hit them, but the parson points to the book and tells him "Too late!". He paces back and forth, then says to his daughter "I never want to see your face again". She pleads with him and hangs her head in shame as her new husband comforts her.
[25:15:00] In school the boys crowd round. Title: "It's the stuff this kid's made of that's made Rugby what she is - the best house, of the best school in England". The boys cheer and raise their mugs in the air. One sits on a desk and is pushed over by another, spilling his drink. Title: "Thomas, you old muff, the half-hour hasn't struck. Here, drink some cocktail". They all crowd and drink down their mugs. The boys disperse and Brown and East are seen arm in arm. Some of the younger boys collude mischievously in the corridor, then run off through a side door. They are seen by another older boy (Flashman), who says to two others, "Bullies are cowards and one coward makes many". The younger boys go through into the dormitory and each hide under a bed. Brown and East pass the older boys and Flashman glares evilly at Brown before the pair enter the apparently empty dormitory. They take off their waistcoats and sit on a bed. Flashman and the older boys follow in, and seeing a young boy's feet sticking out from under the bed, he pulls him out by the ankles. The boys squeals "Please, Flashman, don't toss me! I'll fag for you, I'll do anything, only don't toss me". He puts him down and goes over to East and Brown who are taking off their ties, and grabs them both. All the young boys emerge from under the beds, grab a large blanket and hold by the edges as Brown is launched on top to be bounced up and down, directed by Flashman.
[27:17:00] Title: "The bully's fag". A boy stands reading a book in the corridor outside minding the door. A schoolmaster looks suspiciously, then walks off. Inside Brown is still being given the bumps. He falls off and flashman shakes his first at Brown and East threateningly. Title: "DIGGS, nicknamed 'The Mucker'". Another more distinguished older boys lays reading in the corridor. Brown and East appear, pursued by Flashman. Diggs says "I say, you two, you'll never get rid of that fellow until you lick him. Go in at him, I'll see fair play". Flashman looks concerned for a moment, but then goes for the boys, who fight back clinging onto him. He manages to grab one, but Diggs breaks it up saying "Stop there, half minute time allowed. I'm going to see fair play". They wait a second, then Diggs pushes them back in and it begins again, the boys punching Flashman in the stomach.
[28:23:00] Title: "Elsa, Dr. Arnold's little daughter, has a note from Tom. Love finds a way". Elsa sits in a frilly hat, in the dining room with her family. She has a rabbit sitting in her lap and another on the table next to her as she reads the note: "…to go with the other two. Your friend Tom. P.S. May I send you my picture?" Her family don't seem to notice, busy with their own affairs, and she sneaks off. In the school corridor, the fight continues. Cheered on by Diggs, Brown gets Flashman to the floor and punches him again and again. Diggs checks he is beaten, then the two boys scarper as Flashman rolls on the floor. Elsa encounters the two boys in a corridor and wipes the blood off Tom's face with a handkerchief, then she carries on her way and the boys laugh and walk on.
[29:39:00] Title: "A day or two after. The sure sign of a closing half-year". The boys are at their classroom desks as two schoolmasters talk. They leave the room and the boys start to make mischief, throwing paper balls and Brown and East hide behind the schoolmaster's desk. Title: "The unused desk as a playground". The two boys throw balls in the air and look through peep holes in the desk to see what's happening in the room. The schoolmasters re-enter and Brown accidentally lets a ball roll across the floor in their direction. They see it and pick it up.
[30:40:00] Elsa is sitting on her bed with the two rabbits re-reading Tom's note. She gets up to move to her desk, gets a quill and paper, and puts her finger to her lips thinking to write a reply. Meanwhile in the dormitory the boys are having a pillow fight. Title: "Thomas' difficult task of paying out journey money". A man stands in a caged room, with all the boys crowding for room on the other side of a metal grille counter. Back in the classroom the two schoolmasters, having picked up the stray ball, creep to the main desk and, going round, pull out Brown and East by an ear each. The boys pull pained expressions as they are hoisted up, reprimanded, and placed back at their rightful desks. Elsa creeps down the corridor and drops her newly-written note on the floor just as Tom approaches, then hides. He picks it up and opens it. It says "would you like to say goodbye. Elsa xxxx" He runs into her room to look for her, then she pops out from behind the door and surprises him.
[31:58:00] Thomas is at his counter, counting out money. The boys reach out for money. Elsa and Tom stand in the corridor, him looking shy. She takes his hand and shakes it, then walks off. He grins after her, then waves goodbye and puffs up his chest and pats it, like a man who means business. Out in the town a coach and horses drives along the road with all the boys crammed on top of it. As they go past making a racket an old man in a gown and nightcap leans out of a window and shouts at them, shaking his fist, followed by successive others further down the road. In bed with a rabbit at her feet, Elsa looks longingly out of the window, and at her handkerchief.
[PART THREE - TEN YEAR'S LATER]
[23:47:00] Title: "What's bred in the bone. Ten year's after. Cynthia Brown, with the determined spirit of her people, struggles as a governess to support her only son, fate having robbed her of her husband a year after her marriage". Cynthia enters a parlour, attended to by a haggard woman, who hands her a letter. She opens it and it says "…and in consequence I will have to dispense with your services. Yours truly, Tobias Tomlinson". She sighs and hangs her head. The woman brings a tray while another male servant arranges flowers. Cynthia sits thinking, and has a flashback to her father's rejection at her marriage. She stands up while the woman lays the table, and takes a cricket bat and glove off her that is getting in the way. She looks at them longingly.
[TOM BROWN AS A YOUNG MAN]
[34:15:00] Title: "'And Heaven's rich instincts in him grew'. During ten years Tom has hungered for his sister's love, and now a young man, taking leave for his last year at School, seeks to obtain something that was dear to her, but the squire forbids". In the parlour of the Brown home, Tom is seen, now older (third actor), with his mother who is folding clothing and his father, aimlessly ambling. Tom sees what he is looking for, his sister's brush (stoat/ferret) hanging on the wall. It has a plaque reading "Cyhthya Brown. Upon the occasion of her first meet with the Berkshire Hounds. Sep. 7th 183-". He goes to take it, and his mother pleads with squire, but squire takes it from him and puts it in a drawer. In the hallway the maids are packing Tom's trunk. Once Tom and his mother have left the room, the squire takes the brush out from the drawer and puts in under his coat. He goes to the hallway, and once the maid has stopped packing the trunk and left, he puts the brush in with Tom's things.
[36:09:00] Title: "Tom Brown appeals to Doctor Arnold as a perfect specimen of manhood, but his reckless spirit causes him some alarm. On the advice of Mrs. Arnold, he decides to replace his old associate East with a small boy". Doctor and Mrs Arnold are seen talking in the parlour as a pretty young girl looks on (presumably Elsa, now older).
[36:31:00] Note: there is a black space here, end of reel, then Title card: END OF ACT FOUR [36:54:00] Title card: "Tom Brown's Schooldays. ACT 5". Countdown to start.
[37:07:00] Title: "Back at school. Searching the Matron's room for new boys". The boys are crowded in the room, two pillow fighting and the others looking at lacy garments. The pillows burst and feathers fly everywhere and the boys hit each other. The others put on lace bonnets and laugh but all flee when matron appears to discover the mess. One boy teases her holding two lace bonnets out of reach, then leaves. Tom Brown is the only one left and one younger boy. Matron introduces them. Title: "Tom is introduced to Arthur and hears the stunning news - that they are to take tea with the Doctor". Tom takes Arthur out and matron faces up to the mess, horrified.
[38:12:00] Boys are sitting round on desks reading and play-fighting. In a dining room/parlour, lots of people sit around a table (presumably tea at the doctor's). Title: "Gray's Study. East takes possession". In the study, East settles in and hangs up his things - rounders bats, fishing rod and satchel. Title: "Bribing Thomas for future favours". The boys crowd round Thomas, showing him/giving him trinkets such as waistcoat pins/fasteners and a large cigar. Elsa looks round a corridor corner, then backs shyly against the wall as Tom emerges with Arthur the new boy. She is dressed prettily in a long flowing dress with long gloves. She approaches the two, pats Arthur on the head and says "I shall watch with keen interest your care of this little chap". They smile and depart. Tom enters the study with Arthur and greets East: "Who's the new boy?" "Sorry, East, old man, he's taken your place". Arthur sits at a chair and Brown gives him a book, but East, looking disgruntled, jumps up and snatches it away. He puts all the books in his satchel, grabs the rest of his things and leaves the study.
[39:39:00] The boys sit on desk fooling around and reading, while Tom tries to enthuse Arthur by showing him boxing gloves. The boy is unimpressed, sitting cross-legged. East comes back in to take his fishing rods, but Brown takes them, puts them down and grabs him by the shoulders saying: "Come in whenever you like, East". East shakes his hands and they make up, and then leaves with the fishing rods. Brown looks at Arthur. Title: "Arthur's first night". In the dormitory the boys are pillow fighting again, but in his dressing gown Arthur kneels down next to his bed and begins to pray. All the boys point and laugh. Brown sees them and realises why they're laughing, then throws his boot at them. He shouts "If any fellow wants the other boot he knows how to get it". He holds Arthur and the boys get ready for bed. A master enters, blows out the candles and leaves. Arthur gets into bed and Brown sits looking concerned and thoughtful - he has a flashback to himself praying in his mother's lap as a boy. He gets up and then kneels on the bed as Arthur had done, and begins to pray. Title: "He who has conquered his own coward spirit, has conquered the outward world". The other boys get out of bed and begin to pray as well. Close up Arthur sleeping.
[42:15:00] Title: "Arthur is praised for his good work". In a classroom a master pats Arthur on the back as he gives him back a piece of work. In the study Tom is unpacking his trunk, and takes out a framed photo, puts it on the side and smiles. Title: "Arthur is entertained by Martin, the mad Philosopher". Arthur is seen in a strange living room, with an eccentric bespectacled man. There is a birdcage in the background and a table with an assortment of bottles and a mixing bowl in the foreground, on which is sitting a monkey. Back in the study Tom finds his sister's 'first brush' (stoat/ferret) and realises his father must have put it there. Arthur continues looking round as the philosopher mixes strange potions in his bowl. An older boy enters and exclaims "What a stink!" then brings over the birdcage. The philosopher moves away from the bowl for a second and it explodes, and sparks fly everywhere. The monkey jumps down to the floor but is tied to the table by string, and the bird tweets close up. Other boys peer round the door and laugh as the philosopher looks indignant, with a blackened face, and sneezes. He sits down, unwell, and Arthur and the older boy tend to him with water. Arthur leaves and the boy washes the dirt/blood off his face. Title: "Two beastly chemicals collided, old chap, and made an awful fuss".
[44:00:00] Arthur rushes into the study to get Brown, where he is looking at the brush. He mimes what has happened. Back in the philosophers room, his face is bandaged up and the monkey sits on his shoulder. Brown tends to him. In the study the other boys discover the picture of Brown's sister, her bonnet and the brush. As they are cooing over them, Elsa walks in and sees, looks shocked and leaves. Title: "Arthur, I his anxiety to obtain help for Martin, comes into rough contact with Slogger Williams". In a corridor two older boys talking when Arthur accidentally runs into the back of one of them. He shakes Arthur and the other boys leave the study to join them. Elsa takes the chance to take a proper look at the portrait, also taking a vase of flowers and leaving them on the table. She looks at the portrait and bonnet, looks distressed, then leaves again. Brown stops Williams from hurting Arthur. Title: "Will you fight?" Arthur presses up to Brown, but the fight is set. Title: "Fight! Tom Brown and Slogger Williams". All the boys rush out to see, and hail other boys: "Fight!" One falls off a chair onto the floor and gets trampled.
[45:24:00] Brown takes off his jacket in readiness. Other boys support him, miming punches as encouragement. Elsa stands and sits, forlorn. The boys begin fighting, sleeves rolled. The hurt boys hurtles round the school telling others "Fight!", and bursts in on some older boys drinking from flasks and eating sausages: "Th, The, Ther, There, there's a fight! Oh!" … "Tom Brown and Slogger Williams. Oh!" They leave him aching on the table and rush to see the fight. But the boy has the last laugh, stealing their sausages. The fight continues, the two punching each other with a circle of other boys around. Elsa watches out of her window above. The boys take a break and are flanneled with water and fanned. The hurt boy sneaks back and steals more sausages as the fight begins again.
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