chapter  1
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I first became aware of rhetoric and its history in the mid-1980s, as head of an English faculty in an international school. In conversations with history and maths teachers on a small research project, I realized that we had more in common in the ways our different subjects were framed than I had assumed. The historian spoke at length about narrative; the mathematician about syntax. On an earlier occasion, another maths teacher had commented on the mathematical structure of a story I had told in an assembly.