Scene: a classroom in Rome. It is uncomfortably hot. Present are A PROFESSOR, tired, stood by a blackboard on which are sketched vague and allusive maps of Europe; and A CLASS, mostly bright but listless in the heat. They show varying degrees of engagement with the discussion at hand. Some are contributing actively, like the TALKATIVE ONE while others stare blankly at the professor, like the DULLY SULLEN ONE or compose emails.
Professor [brightly]: Now did everyone remember to bring the handout I gave you all on Monday?
Class [murmuring]: yes... no... handout? which handout? wait, that was for today?
Professor [determinedly]: Right, you'll all have had a chance to read through the text and you've hopefully come to some conclusions.
Dull Sullen one: snort
Professor: raises eyebrow
Professor: OK then, now why do you think that Edmund Burke has reacted in this way to the events of the French Revolution? How can we explain his position?
Talkative One: Because he's British?