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How? The class was "quaking" in their boots waiting to see which students would be promoted to the next grade.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
From the text:
Our entire class is quaking in its boots. The reason, of course, is the upcoming
meeting in which the teachers decide who'll be promoted to the next grade and
who'll be kept back. Half the class is making bets. G.Z. and I laugh ourselves
sick at the two boys behind us, C.N. and Jacques Kocernoot, who have staked their entire vacation savings on their bet. From morning to night, it's "You're going to pass, No, I'm not," "Yes, you are," "No, I'm not." Even G.'s pleading glances and my angry outbursts can't calm them down. If you ask me, there are so many dummies that about a quarter of the class should be kept back, but teachers are the most unpredictable creatures on earth. Maybe this time they'll be unpredictable in the right direction for a change. I'm not so worried about my girlfriends and myself.
The Dairy of Anne Frank/ June 21, 1942