Evans Tries an O-Level


Colin Dexter

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The Secretary Character Analysis

The Secretary of the Examinations Board arranges for McLeery to oversee Evans’s exam. Although he’s initially surprised by the Governor’s request to have a prisoner sit for an O-level German exam, the Secretary is happy to oblige. The Secretary is warm and friendly; despite the peculiarity of the request, he thinks they should give Evans “a chance,” and he laughs “politely” and “good-naturedly” throughout his conversation with the Governor. Since the Governor is the one to contact the Examinations Board in the first place, it seems that the Secretary is a real employee of the Examinations Board and not one of Evans’s accomplices, though one of Evans’s “friends” later poses as the Assistant Secretary.

The Secretary Quotes in Evans Tries an O-Level

The Evans Tries an O-Level quotes below are all either spoken by The Secretary or refer to The Secretary . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the National Council of Education Research and Training edition of Evans Tries an O-Level published in 2015.
Evans Tries an O-Level Quotes

“There’s no record of violence. Quite a pleasant sort of chap, they tell me. Bit of a card, really. One of the stars at the Christmas concert. Imitations, you know the sort of thing: Mike Yarwood stuff. No, he’s just a congenital kleptomaniac, that’s all.”

Related Characters: The Governor (speaker), James Evans, The Secretary
Page Number: 71
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The Secretary Character Timeline in Evans Tries an O-Level

The timeline below shows where the character The Secretary 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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In March, the Secretary of the Examinations Board receives a call from the Governor at Oxford Prison, asking if one of his prisoners... (full context)
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The Secretary bends to the Governor’s request to let Evans take the exam, agreeing that they should... (full context)