George Gissing (1857-1903) was an English writer whose works belonged to the literary movement of naturalism. In his books, George Gissing revealed the social topics and depicted the life of lower classes of the English society. His main characters often were poor people, drifters and prostitutes who struggled to survive. Gissing tried to understand those people's feelings but at the same time, he couldn't conceal his disgust towards them. Eventually it led to his attempts to escape from the controversies of reality through writing books set in ancient times.
The school was assembled for evening prayers, some threescore boys representing, for the most part, the well-to-do middle class of a manufacturing county. Humplebee was thin, a red-headed boy of sixteen, whose plain, freckled face denoted good-humour and a certain intelligence. He looked confused. It was plain that Humplebee would much have liked to be left alone. He stuck as closely as possible to his desk, and out of school-time tried to steal apart from the throng.But an ordeal awaited him… What was the reason of his confusion& What was the ordeal? Read the story till the end to know!