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Dr. Marmalade’s Letter.

June 16, 2015

marmalade letter

Dear Phillip,

Now that my examining is over I have had a chance to speak to the Part 1 examiners and to find out you marks which, as you expected, are less good than they should be. Overall you got 4 β’s (top was in inorganic II) but you also had 3 γ’s and a non-satis (in physical I). Realistically this means that your most probable result must be a third although there is just a chance that a good Part II would pull you up. It is a real pity that things conspired to cause you to do much less well than you should have – with your ability you should have been at the other end of the school – but there it is and we must accept the situation.

Although I hope you will come back to Oxford I feel I should point out that is is possible for you to finish now with an unclassified honours degree, which might be as good a bet for your career as a ‘third’ in a year’s time – perhaps you could let me know sometime whether you feel you would like to come back.

With best wishes

Yours

….

Dr. Marmalade seemed able to accept the situation without much difficulty.

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