The children of the Village will be well behaved today, because the inspector is visiting them. He will interrogate them on their school subjects and, if they give the correct answers, he will give them the rest of the day off. The fact that the inspector is English-speaking poses a slight problem for the teacher, but it is an advantage for the visitors who are not fluent in French: conversations will be bilingual – as much as the teacher is able or willing to give an exact translation of the good gentleman’s words.
For this occasion, the time frame of the interpretation will be set after the Public Schools Act of 1871 – the “King’s Law” – submitting New Brunswick schools to conditions unacceptable to Acadians. The inspector has to see that teaching is carried on according to the new law.