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I first went to Harrow in the summer term. The school possessed the biggest swimming-bath I had ever seen. It was more like the bend of a river than a bath, and it had two bridges across it. We used to go there for hours at a time, and bask between our dips, eating enormous buns, on the hot asphalt margin. Naturally it was a good joke to come up behind some friend, or even enemy, and push him in. I made quite a habit of this with boys of my own size or less. One day when I had been no more than a month in the school, I saw a boy standing in a meditative posture wrapped in a towel on the very brink. He was no bigger than I was, so I thought him fair game. Coming stealthily behind, I pushed him in, holding on to his towel out of humanity, so that it should not get wet.

The question is choosing the correct title for above paragraph. Of course there is a list to choose from. The key suggests "Giving Way to Temptation".

What does this title mean? Why does it best describe the content of the paragraph?

As I looked up in the dictionary, the title can be understood as "failing to resist a negative desire". However, I don't understand what temptation in the title refers to. In other words, I can't find the link between the title and the content.

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  • Is this a homework assignment?
    – deadrat
    Jul 20 '15 at 5:51
  • Welcome to ELU. What does your research tell you about temptation and giving way? (See 1.2 of give way) Please show your research, add it into the question and say what you remain unclear about.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jul 20 '15 at 6:35
  • @deadrat No. The question is from a test.
    – munmunxuxu
    Jul 20 '15 at 10:14
  • @Andrew Leach♦ Thank you for your comment. I will edit the post as you suggested.
    – munmunxuxu
    Jul 20 '15 at 10:16
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    @munmunxuxu Perhaps you could give the other choices. There doesn't seem to be much temptation in the tale, just reflexive high spirits. But the other choices may be (and apparently are) even less apt. (FWIW, this passage is from Churchill's biography My Early Life.)
    – deadrat
    Jul 20 '15 at 10:21
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Yes I will describe you that how come temptation is used here, As you have seen in the paragraph that how author pushes everybody either friends or enemies in the bath, this is the temptation of author 'a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise'. So Author Gives a way to desire to do something unwise. If you go for meaning of temptation you will find this answer.

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