At the beginning of Act Two, we meet an unidentified man who seems to be writing some sort of journalistic piece about Irwin, Hector, and Dakin. By the end of the scene, we realize that this man is Posner. We sense that he is suffering from some sort of psychological trauma, and that he remains deeply invested in his sixth-form days. He has left Cambridge, because, we learn, it “didn’t work out.”
The timeline below shows where the character Man appears in The History Boys. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.