The history lecture


The fluorescent strip light hummed a discordant tone at 60hz penetrating the concentration of the room full of students. The monotonous drone competing with the incessant drone of the lecturer to achieve a state akin to deep hypnosis in the battered, sleep deprived brains of the putative learners. If anything the lecture should have been more than usually engaging, focused as it was on the period of upheaval around the English civil war, the bloody removal of the Monarch as head of state and the imposition of a landed elite to positions of power, the accurate forerunner of todays political wilderness.

The combination of lecturer and external audible trigger was enough to prevent any spark of engagement in the audience, the induced torpor misinterpreted as apathy as the lecturers temper rose inexorably. This misinterpretation becoming reality as, unable to focus,, unable to comprehend, one by one the students lost interest, drifting away on historical journeys of their own…

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2 thoughts on “The history lecture

    1. Ah! You’ll have to wait for the extended version to read about the dreams and journeys of each student 😉 I thought this might make an interesting start to an anthology style novel charting each students dreams, life, aspirations, outcomes? Maybe Tie in the lecturers story as well, maybe work in some dreams of past lives, give it a pseudo mystical feel? Again wasn’t happy with this piece as writing, but it got me thinking about where it could go, and what I could do with it so I wanted to put to up 😀

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