The Changing of the Guard

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (4)

  • Professor Fowler: It is rare, young men, that in 51 years of teaching I have ever encountered such a class of dunderheads. (removes his glasses, then continues more gently) But nice dunderheads... and intensely fine young men... who will make their marks, and leave their marks.

  • (Opening Narration) Narrator: Professor Ellis Fowler, a gentle, bookish guide to the young, who is about to discover that life has certain surprises, and that the campus of the Rock Springs School for Boys lies on a direct path to another institution, commonly referred to as the Twilight Zone.

  • Fowler: They all come and go like ghosts. Faces, names, smiles, the funny things they said or the sad things, or the poignant ones. I gave them nothing. I gave them nothing at all. Poetry that left their minds the minute they themselves left. Aged slogans that were out of date when I taught them. quotations dear to me that were meaningless to them. I was a failure, Mrs. Landers, an abject, miserable failure. I walked from class to class an old relic, teaching by rote to unhearing ears, unwilling heads. I was an abject dismal failure--I moved nobody. I motivated nobody. I left no imprint on anybody. Now, where do you suppose I ever got the idea that I was accomplishing anything?

  • (Closing Narration) Narrator: Professor Ellis Fowler, teacher, who discovered rather belatedly something of his own value. A very small scholastic lesson, from the campus of the Twilight Zone.

Notes (1)

  • Donald Pleasence was heavily made up. He was only 42.

Allusions (1)

  • Professor Fowler: (reading) When I was one-and-twenty, I heard a wise man say.. The poem Professor Fowler reads to his students is "When I was one-and-twenty" by Alfred Edward Housman. The poem, found in A Shropshire Lad (1896), tells the story of a young man who didn't heed sage advice and now that he is older, lives with regret.