Evans Tries an O-Level

by

Colin Dexter

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The German Teacher Character Analysis

Evans’s O-level German teacher claims to hail from the Technical College, but the Governor never conducts a background check on him. In actuality, the German teacher is one of Evans’s many “friends,” or accomplices, who help him break out of Oxford Prison. The story implies that the German teacher may be the same person as the Assistant Secretary with “a special responsibility for modern languages” at the Examination Board, but McLeery’s flawless German accent hints that he might be the German teacher instead. Evans was the only student in the German teacher’s six-month course, suggesting that the two had plenty of time to construct Evans’s intricate escape plan.
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The German Teacher Character Timeline in Evans Tries an O-Level

The timeline below shows where the character The German Teacher appears in Evans Tries an O-Level. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Evans Tries an O-Level
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...if Evans is especially talented at German, but he was the only student in the German teacher ’s class, so he’s basically had a private tutor for the past six months. (full context)
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...early June, Evans attends his final night class in German before his big exam. His German teacher wishes him good luck in a thick German accent, and Evans awkwardly asks him to... (full context)
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...visitors or letters. Evans breezily replies that he has “a lot of friends,” including his German teacher . The Governor is incredulous, declaring that the German teacher was from the Technical College.... (full context)