"My father in his youth sat for All Souls"
All Souls College, Oxford
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As will be seen, Charles Ryder's father is a man of certain eccentricities, and the same could be said of the college he 'sat' for!

All Souls is an Oxford college whose full title is The Warden and the College of the Souls of all Faithful People deceased in the University of Oxford.

It accepts no undergraduate students but generally has about a dozen Examination Fellows who are accepted into the college on the basis of their success in an entry examination which has been described as 'the hardest exam in the world'.

The examination has been held annually in September since 1878, and is open to graduates who obtain first class degrees.

All Souls, Oxford (Harry Mount)

All Souls, Oxford (Wikipedia)