Evan Tries an O Level - Summary

Bookmark added to your notes.
View Notes

Evans Tries An O Level

Evans Tries An O Level is a short story in the Vistas English book of class 12. It is, at first, a slow story, but soon enough, it moves at a fast pace and keeps the reader's attention intact. A very short summary of Evans Tries An O Level would be that it is a story of cunning and smarts and is a very fun read. Let's go into a more detailed summary of Evans Tries O Level.

Summary of Evans Tries An O Level

Here is a summary of Evans Tries An O Level, a short story by Colin Dexter. The story begins with a telephone conversation between the Governor of Oxford Prison and the Secretary of the Examinations Board about conducting an O-Level German qualification test in the prison for an inmate named James Rodrick Evans. This inmate was commonly known as Evans the Break because he had successfully broken out of prison thrice before, no matter how high level of security the prison was. He had been taking O-Level German classes every night for the last seven months, but he wasn't as good as he should've been, so his passing was a doubt. Nevertheless, the exam was set up for Evans for 9:15 am the next morning, with the condition that the Governor himself would listen in and an officer be placed outside the cell to keep an eye.

At 8:30 am the next day, a senior prison officer Mr Jackson and an Officer Stephens came to check up on, place two tables in the room and confiscate any items of Evans' that had the potential to turn into weapons - like his shaving razor blade. Upon asking Evans to remove the hat he was wearing, he responded that it was what brought him luck so no could do. He was granted permission to keep the hat on.

While Evans prepared himself, his invigilator Reverend Stuart McLeery made his way into the prison compound, and to Evans' cell. The Governor was worried that even if Evans did not have potential weapons, the Reverend may have brought something that could be. Thus, his briefcase was searched. It had some Bible papers, exam papers, a paper-knife (which was confiscated) and around the inflatable tube which he claimed was for his haemorrhoids, which was left at that.

By 9:20 am, Evans had had Officer Stephens removed from the cell because his incessant glaring made him uncomfortable writing his exam.

The Governor's phone rang a few times. First, it was the Examinations Board, with what seemed to be a correction in the question paper, and the second was from the Magistrates Court, in need of a prison van and officers.

During the exam, Evans put on a blanket, citing the cold. He hadn't written much during the exam, even an hour and 15 minutes into it.

At the end of the exam, Stephens asked the Reverend how Evans fared. The Reverend responded in a different accent than before. After leaving him at the prison gates, he went back to take another look at Evans before heading for a break. To his surprise, a bleeding man under a blanket laid in the cell. It turned out to be the real Reverend. He guided the detective who had arrived on the scene with directions to Elsfields Way, where he thought the convict may have headed. It seemed that despite the heavy bleeding, the Reverend was fine. As it turns out, the blood was pig's blood, which came in the haemorrhoids tube. Similarly, the prison van had been called for by Evans' associates for him to get away.

At the prison, all hell had broken loose with all senior officers screaming at Stephens and Jackson.

From Elsfields Way, the detective headed to Newbury, as per the directions of the Reverend.

Recalling this, Evans ended up at a hotel for the night. However, the Governor found him because of the correction slip made by the "Examinations Board." The Governor chatted with him about how he pulled it off, and finally put him in a prison van to be taken back to prison. The driver of this van was, however, another comrade of Evans'.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1. How did Evans Getaway in the Summary of Evans Tries An O Level?

Ans: Evans gets away in the summary of Evans Tries O Level using the facade of a German O-Level qualifying exam. He communicates with the world outside over several months, planning his fourth prison escape, through his O-Level German teacher who came for night classes. Using the excuse of a qualifying exam for German O-Level, Evans manages his escape using pig's blood, impersonating his invigilator for the exam Reverend Stuart McLeery, and his friends gaining control of more than one prison van to get away. He escapes easily from prison for the fourth time.

Q2. What is the Conclusion of Evans Tries An O Level?

Ans: The conclusion of Evans Tries An O Level is that Evans manages to escape prison successfully the fourth time. Even after the Governor finds him in a hotel, his plans to get away go about undisturbed. In the last line of the story summary Evans Tries An O Level, it shows that despite him getting caught, he manages to escape anyhow, as the last prison van is also operated by a friend of his. Thus, the conclusion of Evans Tries An O Level is that he manages to escape scot-free despite the writer having you believe otherwise till the very last line of the story.