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however, added, "I'm agreeably surprised to find that
he isn't windy in trenches."

David certainly was deplorably untidy, and his
absent-mindedness when off duty was another pro-
pensity which made him unpopular. Also, as I have
already hinted, he wasn't good at being "seen but not
heard". "Far too fond of butting in with his opinion
before he's been asked for it," was often his only re-
ward for an intelligent suggestion. Even Birdie Mans-
field (who had knocked about the world too much to
be intolerant) was once heard to exclaim, "Unless you
watch it, my son, you'll grow up into the most bump-
tious young prig God ever invented!"—this protest
being a result of David's assertion that all sports
except boxing, football, and rock climbing were
snobbish and silly.

From the floor of the tent, Holman (a spick and
span boy who had been to Sandhurst and hadn't yet
discovered that it was unwise to look down on tem-
porary officers who "wouldn't have been wanted in
the Regiment in peace time") was now saying, "Any-
how, I was at Clitherland with him last month, and he
fairly got on people's nerves with his hot air about the
Battle of Loos, and his brain-waves about who really
wrote the Bible." Durley then philosophically ob-
served, "Old Longneck certainly isn't the sort of man
you meet every day. I can't always follow his theories
myself, but I don't mind betting that he'll go a long
way—provided he isn't pushing up daisies when
Peace breaks out." Holman (who had only been with
us a few days and soon became more democratic)
brushed Durley's defence aside with "The blighter's
never satisfied unless he's turning something upside
down. I actually heard him say that Homer was a
woman. Can you beat that? And if you'll believe me