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CHAPTER XVIII

had never played, and he had been given four up from the captain of the games, which had not, however, made him change his methods. Every evening after supper the captain of the games came along to the notice board and wrote O in the blank square, which was galling if Denis really had played football or kicked about for the recognised hour that afternoon, and had forgotten to mark it down. Many a time he had crept out of his room, rubbed out the 0 and substituted an X. But now he was too high up in the house to worry about times. Of course, if he played for the house and got his " shorts," he would be excused them altogether ; but that was a doubtful prospect.
The new captain of the games lost no time in getting to work. Wren's had been knocked out of the first round of the house cup last year and Beckett was determined to do better this half. He arranged a house game for the next afternoon and showed by his example that civil warfare can be just as strenuous and painful as games against other houses. At the beginning of every winter half Denis was tried for " corner," a position, which demanded a quick eye and some speed. He was small and light and cut out for corner ; but he never held the place for long. " Post " was the most invidious position in Eton football. Supported by two " sideposts," with " back-up post " squeezing his stomach from behind, and the opposing bully jabbing their knees into his middle and hacking away at his shins, post had a thin time of it. Post was Denis's nightmare, and before the end of the half the dream always came true. Post was supposed to grip the ball between his feet, while the bully moved on like a Roman testudo. But if the opposite bully were heavier, his only thought was to shake off the embraces of his sideposts and back-up post and escape from the stifling odour of damp shirts and oiled hair. But at corner, in the first house game, he felt important. He hovered and skipped and dribbled cleverly for a few yards, till the ball was wrested from him. At corner he was somebody, and not a part of a heaving, stinking mass.
" Go on, Bailey ; shove. Do some work," shouted Beckett.

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