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Duty Above All The Memoirs of General Byng

Chapter 1:

Duty will never make one popular. It is its own reward. I first learned this lesson in grammar school, when I reported some older boys smoking in the lavatory. The taunts of "tattle-tale" that followed this incident did not in any way dissuade me -- nor did the monstrous rumour that I had only reported these boys because I owed them pocket money. Even at a young age I had a keen sense of right and wrong. When these boys later threatened to do me bodily harm, it was my obligation to inform the headmaster and ensure they were expelled. Naturally this did not make me popular, but I endured the jeers as one does when one has a higher sense of moral purpose than one's peers...

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