Private Quelch was a unique personality.
He had joined the training depot with an ambition to get a commission in the
army. In pursuit of his aim, he worked hard, drilled with enthusiasm and gained
as much knowledge as possible by reading the borrowed training manuals intelligently.
At first he became a hero in the eyes of his fellow soldiers. He badgered the
instructors with questions. He interrupted them by asking questions or
reminding them what they missed. His correct answers and exact knowledge
impressed fellow soldiers but annoyed the instructors. Gradually, his habit of
sermonizing showing off superiority, condescending attitude and horrible
heartiness annoyed his colleagues as well. He was assigned permanent cook house
duties as a punishment. But he did not learn any lesson even from it and
continued sermonizing and fault finding.