There is a fine passage in Tom Brown's School Days which tells of a boy who had the courage to stand up against ridicule. A new boy had come to the school, and on his first night, in a room where there were twelve beds and boys, he knelt down to say his prayers. Tom Brown's head was turned just in time to see a heavy slipper flying through the air toward the head of the kneeling boy. When the lights went out a little later, Tom Brown thought of his own mother, and the prayers that she had taught him to say, but which he had never said since he came to Rugby. Then and there he made a decision that the next time he went to bed, he, too, would say his prayers. When that next night came, the other boys in the room, ready to laugh and scoff at this newcomer who said his prayers, were amazed to see Tom Brown, whom they all respected and feared, kneel down at the side of his bed and pray. That boy's courageous prayer, in spite of ridicule, at length won him the respect of all his companions—and he rose to be one of the most distinguished men of the Church of England.