Vita Sackville-West in the very entertaining Nursery Rhymes (1947 Dropmore Press) prefaces a section with the marginal rubric “Further Awkward Dialgoue” with this delightful bit:
Pity the pedagogue. It is indeed difficult to instruct the young. Arbitrary and ill-informed, they strike no happy mean between a bland acceptance and the inconvenient, unexpected challenge.
There follows a number of snippets of dialogue, most involving the charged question, “why.” Very funny.
I used to have a motto: No 4 Y. Every now and then a “wherefore” slipped into my thinking — couldn’t resist that metaphysical itch for an inkling into the purpose of what is the case. Ever a child.
And so for day 756