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YMMV / Goodbye, Mr. Chips

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Book Examples:

  • No Yay: Averted. An episode in the novel in which Kathie argues with Chips that a boy who (it is hinted) has engaged in homosexual activity should be excused (because he is otherwise a nice little boy who was led astray at another school) is quietly dropped.
  • Tear Jerker: Two episodes stand out among them the day that Chips learns Kathie and their child have both died in childbirth. It happens to fall on April Fool's Day, as such he is put through a prank (which he later appreciated) while lost in a mental fog over the event.
    • Lastly of course the ending of his life, how surrounded by several friends and former pupils he passes away after once more doing what he had loved. Goodbye Mr. Chips.

1939 Film Examples:

  • Anvilicious: Peter Colley's wife opines, "Surely we shall never again take our happiness for granted," just before the film reveals that Peter has been killed in World War I. Then again, considering that the film was made in 1939 with a new war threatening, this may well be one of those anvils that need to be dropped,hard.
  • Tear Jerker: When Chips's Latin class learns that Mrs. Chipping has died.
    • "I thought I heard you saying it was a pity...pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them. Thousands of them...and all boys."


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