“Very well,” said Stuart, “what’s the first subject you usually take up in the morning?”
Arithmetic,” shouted the children.
“Bother arithmetic!” snapped Stuart. “Let’s skip it.”
There were wild shouts of enthusiasm at this suggestion. Everyone in the class seemed perfectly willing to skip arithmetic for one morning.
“What next do you study?” asked Stuart.
Spelling,” cried the children.
“Well,” said Stuart, “a misspelled word is an abomination in the sight of everyone. I consider it a very fine thing to spell words correctly and I strongly urge every one of you to buy a Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and consult it whenever you are in the slightest doubt. So much for spelling. What’s next?”
Stuart Little by E.B.White