“A play (1953) by the US writer Robert Anderson about the problems faced by a sensitive teenage boy at an elite New England boarding school who is accused of homosexuality. The ‘tea and sympathy’ in question is provided by the housemaster’s wife. A bowdlerized film version followed in 1956.
All you’re supposed to do is every once in a while give the boys a little tea and sympathy.
Robert Anderson: Tea and Sympathy (1953). I
Excerpted from: Crofton, Ian, ed. Brewer’s Curious Titles. London: Cassell, 2002.