A young man described his English composition instructor as "a morally uptight, proper person" who seemed reluctant to give high grades and actually seemed to enjoy assigning lower grades. Always methodical, the instructor was particularly meticulous about the rules of grammar and punctuation. Any student who expressed a flair for individuality, or simply an air of nonchalance about his or her studies, could be ensnared on the most trivial technicality. According to rumor, when one student complained of being persecuted through the written word, the professor explained that it was he who was being persecuted, because the university required him to grade the young man's papers. A mix of reaction formation and projection is not unusual in compulsive personalities with sadistic traits.
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