In the Dark

Quaint Honor

Produced by Antidote Films and Michael London Productions
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Screenplay by Catherine Hardwicke and Nikki Reed
Distributed by 20th Century Fox

I am writing this review in my room at Hertford College in Oxford University, where I am attending the Evelyn Waugh centennial conference.  Waugh studied at Hertford from 1921 to 1924, and, though not a distinguished student, he acquired some critical skills during his tenure.  He learned how to drink immoderately, rag his friends and enemies unmercifully, and explode British complacency hilariously.  There was, however, one skill he did not learn: how to dispose of used condoms.  He would, I am sure, be heartened immeasurably to learn that, since his time, Hertford College has corrected this educational lapse and, what’s more, admitted lady students so that they can perform the chore.  In the water closet outside my room, there is a sign reading, “Ladies: Please dispose of sanitary napkins, panty liners, and used condoms in the bin provided, not in the waste disposal bins in your rooms.”

Well, that’s just good sense, isn’t it?  And yet, I would raise a question: How does a normal undergraduate interpret this message?  I cannot speak for all undergraduates, and I would not presume to speak for 18-year-old coeds, but I can speak for...

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