2 Introduction‘Evans Tries an O –Level’ is a story of a criminal named Evans. In this story, colin Dexter, the author of the popular Inspector Morse novels, shows how an individual is able to shake the entire police department with his cleverness and ingenuity.
3 Evans has escaped from the prison three times. That is why, he is called ‘Evans the Break’ by the police officials. The way he plans his escape for the fourth time with the help of his friends outside the prison earns for him our secret admiration for his cleverness.
4 A criminal – in Oxford prison – very clever Evans the BreakA criminal – in Oxford prison – very cleverStudy German- evening classes startedOnly one student – Jail authorities arranged a teacher from a technical college – Later known as original teacher but one of Evans’ friends.
5 Evans wants to take O-level test Evans –keen to acquire academic qualification-O-Level test in GermanThe Governor conceded to his request - Arranged with the Examinations Board to hold in the Examination in Evans cell.A parson from St.Mary Mags to be the invigilator
6 The Governor takes precautions Fears –Evans try to escapeJackson , a senior prison Officer to search Evans cellNothing found –spent 2 hrs – removed nail scissors and fileAnother Prison officer to stay inside the cell till the examinationSet microphone
7 Jackson and Stephens visit Evans Half an hour before the examination- Jackson and Stephens visited Evans’ cellEvans was given a blade to shave himselfStephen takes the blade after the shave
8 Evans hatEvans wore a filthy hatRefused to remove it – lucky hat Jackson allowed him to were itActually he had cut his long hair to impersonate the invigilatorHad he removed – secret would be revealed
9 Arrival of the invigilator Invigilator- Reverend Stuart Mc Leery- a parson- lived alone in his flat in Board StreetAt 8.45 a.m –left-arrived at the gate prison- led to Evans cellIntroduced to Evans
10 Invigilator –Mc Leery investigated The Governor suspected the Invigilator-Rang up to Mr.JacksonMr.Jackson checked – any weapon was there, suitcase, but nothing was thereMc Leery had a small semi inflated rubber ring -Explained – suffered from haemorrhoids.
11 Secret of the Rubber Ring Actually the rubber ring contained pig’s bloodLater used to pretend that the invigilator was wounded to fool the jailersThe real Mc Leery was tied and gagged in his flat
12 Stephen keenly watches through peep hole Examination startedEvans instructed to write the index number and his centre number – 271Jailer Stephen was to be inside the cell but Evans asks him to stay outStephen keenly watches through peep hole
13 Correction in the question paper 9.40 a.m – the Governor – error in the question paperJackson – informed – conveyed to the Invigilator- “The Golden Lion”A hint to Evans – a hoax call
14 Request for a prison van The Governor received another call – from the Magistrate – a prison van and two prison officials for a remand case- a hoax call – Evans friends used it at the end
15 Stephens keeps his watch Stephens is very alertMc Leery always reading newspaper with his finger hooked on the back of his collar.Evans sat with his pen between his teethEvans draped a blanket around him
16 A call for StephensThree minutes before Exam – a call for StephensTo accompany Mc Leery to the gateAnd check Evans cell properly – lockedA hoax call - Governor
17 Stephens accompanied Mc Leery to the prison gate Mc Leery is woundedStephens accompanied Mc Leery to the prison gateOn return found Mc Leery in Evans seat- blood trickling down from headHe thought it might be Evans – but notCalled Jackson
18 Mc Leery escorts to arrest Evans Detective Superintendent Carter arrivesMc Lerry say he is alright and knows where he has goneGovernor send both of them
19 Governor angry- Evans had kept a parsons dress in the cell – not noticed by both Stephens and JacksonBehind the Question paper instructions for Evans to escape was there- Governor sure to arrest Evans
20 Evans personating Mc Leery escapes Carter – Governor – Mc Leery had spotted Evans in a car – Elsfiedway in a carChased the car – disappeared at Headington round
21 Mc Leery in HospitalMc Leery went to the Examination Offices and appeared very illRadcliffee Hospital for an ambulanceGovernor rang up and found that he was not there
22 Real Mc LeeryTwo men called on Mc Leery and reached his flatTied him and Evans has impersonated and escaped from the Examination hall through the ambulance
23 Evans traced in his hotel room Evans was happy in the Hotel- shocked to find the GovernorGovernor traced the Hotel Golden Lion and the index number and centre number referred to Chipping Norton in Ordinance Survey Map
24 Evans confessesEvans appreciates the Governor’s intelligenceEvans reveals all the facts of the game he had playedHis friends had helped him
25 Evans is arrestedThe Governor and Evans come to the Hotel LobbyThe Receptionist says that the Prison officials are waiting with the Prison vanEvans is handcuffed
26 Evans releasedThe Governor is once again deceivedThe prison officials unlocked the handcuffPrison officials were none other than his friends who had asked for the Prison VanThey drove to NewburyEvans escaped for the fourth time