25 APRIL 1941, Page 13


SIR,—M. K. Knight's article on "Education in Scotland" brings to mind many instances. Here is one. While our two Scotch maids were polishing furniture I overheard them discussing a Latin inscrip- tion that hung on the wall. "Dei Pax," read one, "in hac domo sit," and translated, "The peace of God . . . in this house _ . . but what's ' sit '? "

"Part of the verb 'to be,' Jeannie," I said in passing.

"Oh, ay," she replied at once, "the subjunctive! " and went on

with her polishing. JANE C. PHILIP. 63 Madeley Road, Ealing, W.5.