"One that struck me, in a passage about his recollection of life at Ludgrove School, relates to one of the matrons.
After a somewhat purple-prosed confession of how he used to fancy some of the younger matrons at the prep school, he recounts how he used to take great satisfaction out of tormenting another, Pat.
He explains how Pat did not ‘make us horny’ on account of being short and unattractive, ‘not much of a thing, always with a tired face and greasy hair’.
She had a deviated spine and her knees were so stiff she had to descend the stairs backwards.
You might have thought, given Harry’s self-declared sensitivity, that this difficulty would elicit some sympathy from him.
Far from it. Instead, he stands at the bottom of the stairs and does ‘mocking little dances’ and ‘makes faces’ at her discomfort.
In other words, he humiliates the poor woman – although that, he claims, was not his primary motive: he did it to make his classmates laugh.
Setting aside the sexism of dismissing a woman because she fails to make him ‘horny’, for a man who carps on about ‘being kind’ and standing up to bullies, it’s an odd recollection to make.
For what is a bully if not a person who humiliates others for entertainment?"