As the principal was continuing on, the bugle sounded, and a sudden commotion arose from the class rooms. He told me the instructors should be assembled by now, so I followed him into the staff room. It was a large rectangular room, and all were seated at their desks around the perimeter. When I entered, they all turned to look at me as if on cue, like I was some curiosity paraded out for their amusement. As instructed, I made the rounds and presented my letter of appointment as I greeted each instructor. Most of them simply stood up and bowed in return, but a few went so far as to receive the letter from me, give it a perfunctory inspection, and reverently hand it back. It was like something out of a minstrel show. By the time I reached the physical education instructor, the last of fifteen, I'd become annoyed from repeating this routine so many times. Each of them greeted me just once, but I had to repeat my performance fifteen times. I wished they'd consider this from my point of view.