|Public School Arc|
|Volume||14 - 18|
The Public School Arc is the seventh arc of the Kuroshitsuji manga.
Queen Victoria sends a letter to Ciel Phantomhive, noting her regards for his unfortunate incident at Campania, and addressing her concern for Derrick Arden and other students who refuse to return home from Weston College. For his investigation, Ciel decides it would be best to infiltrate it as himself, and orders Sebastian Michaelis to figure out his own way in. To open up a spot in the school, they do something to a student named Colett to make him no longer able to attend.
Ciel is determined to leave a good impression, but steps on the lawn, much to the students' bewilderment. The P4, that is the Prefect Four, arrive. Edgar Redmond vigorously approaches Ciel, and it was initially perceived as a hostile attack. However, he straightens Ciel's tie. He inquires for Ciel's name, and Herman Greenhill notes that it was mentioned that there is a new student coming to Blue House today. Lawrence Bluewer informs him about the rule to stay off the lawn, and the P4 leaves after Gregory Violet urges them inside in order to avoid the bright daylight.
Another first year student from Blue House, McMillan, comes to congratulate Ciel for being spared with impunity after stepping on the lawn. He then explains the system of Western College, and identifies the members of P4.
In class, McMillan and Ciel are discussing how he was admitted in the school when Clayton arrives and makes everyone line up. Because he is last, Ciel has to polish the prefects' shoes. When he was done, he goes to his welcoming party, which consists of Clayton shoving him onto a sheet which the other boys use to launch him into the air. Before they can do it twice, the dormitory warden walks in and stops it. The warden then introduces himself as Mr. Michaelis.
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Ciel later heads to the headmaster's office where the vice headmaster, Johann Agares, and the prefects are present. Ciel is to pledge his obedience to the school's regulations and traditions, and Johann prompts that he signs a book. However, Johann trips from his chair, and his forehead bleeds. Nonetheless, he keeps his composure intact and allows for Ciel to sign in the book. Afterward, they shake hands in agreement. Ciel then learns that regular students cannot meet up with the headmaster, hence only the prefects may.
At breakfast the next day, McMillan informs him of the system Fag Time where the lower years attend to the upper years' needs and requests. Moreoever, a Prefect's Fag has more rights, such as meeting with the headmaster, and that the Prefect's Fag of the Blue House is Clayton. In addition, Ciel learns of Derrick Arden's transfer of dormitories and of the intense rivalries between dormitories.
Soon after, Clayton orders Ciel to clean the dining hall, and the latter quickly brushes off the task to Sebastian to take care of. In the meantime, Ciel heads to the Purple House in order to find Derrick. However, he is hostilely greeted by other students of that dormitory.
Returning to the Blue House, Ciel concludes that the only way to gain information is to get close to the P4. In order to do that, he decides to be well acquainted with Clayton.
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At the Swan Gazebo, the prefects and their Fags are shown. Maurice Cole is revealed to be Edgar Redmond's Fag, and Edward Midford is revealed to be Herman Greenhill's. As they discuss about Ciel's aptitude for work, Edward states his respect for Ciel, and so, they unanimously decide to invite him over to the Swan Gazebo the following day at 2 p.m. Maurice then volunteers to deliver the message.
Maurice later relays the invitation to Ciel and deliberately tells him to come at 4 p.m. At night, Ciel informs Sebastian of this, resolute on making the prefects and their followers favor him, and assures him that he can do this alone, but Sebastian is to prepare the best teacakes to amaze the prefects.
The next day, Ciel arrives at the Swan Gazebo only to be affronted by Clayton who scolds him for coming two hours late, and Ciel realizes that he has been set up by Maurice. Edward angrily approaches him and yells at him to leave since Ciel has betrayed his trust and expectations of him.
Soon after, Ciel relieves his exasperation on Sebastian and declares that he will make Maurice regret ruining his hard work.
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Ciel deduces that Maurice is 'lying jailbird', and that he uses dirty methods to accomplish his Fag work. Hence, he orders Sebastian to seek out others who have been deceived by Maurice, and to thoroughly investigate his activity pattern.
Sebastian encounters Joanne Harcourt, and after an interrogation, he discovers that Joanne has been tricked by Maurice as well when he was invited to the Swan Gazebo. At the end of the day, Sebastian reports of his findings: four students have fallen victim to Maurice, and the latter leaves all of his Fag work to others to complete.
Ciel pines for a pawn to use in the Red House to track his activity there, but the risk of forcing another vacancy contravenes against this desire. In addition, he needs someone of enough status and wealth to be admitted into the Red House.
Then, both Sebastian and Ciel recalls someone that fits the criteria. Ciel is reluctant to use the person that they have considered, but figures that this is necessary.
At night, McMillan comes over to Ciel's bed and is soon to realize of Maurice's deliberate misstatement of the time. He then offers himself along with a group of other students that were present during Maurice's delivery of the information so that they can testify for Ciel.
The following day, Soma Asman Kadar enrolls into the school flamboyantly, bringing along an elephant and an abundant amount of dancers for a dramatic entrance. Ciel is satisfied that Soma is able to be admitted into the Red House easily due to his Indian royalty.
Soma then spots Ciel in the crowd and cites about the letter that Ciel has sent him. Ciel pretends to not know him, an act that he has aforementioned for Soma to do as well in the letter. But, Soma uses his elephant to scoop Ciel from the ground with its trunk, much to the latter's chagrin. Sebastian sets off, pretending to not know either of them.
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At night, Soma boards on his elephant with the intention of heading to the Blue House to visit Ciel. However, his elephant goes wild when petrified by a noise, and Soma is unable to restrain it before it crashes into Maurice's dorm room.
Edgar punishes Soma with five Ys for destroying the room. He muses that there are no extra rooms for Maurice to stay in, and offers his own to share. However, Soma intervenes and suggests that Maurice can use his bed since he is obliged to take responsibility as a man.
When the night sets in, Soma discovers Maurice depositing flower-shaped cards to the other students' letter boxes. The following morning, Soma reports of all his findings to Ciel and Sebastian, and they devise a strategy.
The next day, Ciel confronts Maurice in the third art room and exposes of his intentional misinformation that has deceived a handful of students invited to the Swan Gazebo, and his reliance on others to complete his tasks as a Fag. When Maurice challenges him, Ciel reveals of the evidence: the flower-shaped cards. On the cards, Maurice has written his requests to his entourage to do his work for him. Although the cards were all carefully ripped up, the pieces were later collected and patched together so that he can present the evidence.
However, Maurice does not plan to be honest with Edgar and calls in a group of students to constrain Ciel. He then burns the evidence and states that manipulating people is a skill, for he is able to make good use of the otherwise average people. He declares his goal to become a prefect so that Edgar will favor him more than anyone else, and is about to humiliate Ciel.
But then, Edward Midford and Herman Greenhill barge in, and the latter utilizes violence to render the boys that held Ciel unconscious. Lawrence Bluewer and Gregory Violet also enter, and Maurice questions how they are able to hear him since the Swan Gazebo is far away from the art room.
Ciel lectures him that sound is not transmitted by loudness, but rather by vibrations, and reveals that perfectly tense threads are attached to the backs of the portraits which lead to the Swan Gazebo so that its occupants can intercept what is going on in the art room.
In the Swan Gazebo, Edgar states that he has listened to everything, and he severs his brotherly bond with Maurice. Maurice is greatly devastated by this and breaks down crying. Ciel then asserts that if he starts to behave with integrity, then he will be able to regain everyone's trust. As Ciel says so, he hands Maurice a handkerchief, and lying in the confines of it is a photo of Maurice when he is applying makeup. In the meantime, Sebastian releases a multitude of the same photo for the other students to perceive.
Subsequently, Edward apologizes to Ciel for blaming him unjustly, and the prefects at the art room acknowledge and compliment Ciel. Ciel claims that he has always been against injustice, and Sebastian, who is hanging upside down outside, observes as his young master lies.
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Clayton appoints Ciel Phantomhive as his Fag in a special ceremony. The students from Blue House joyously congratulate Ciel on his promotion. Later, Ciel and Sebastian Michaelis come to the conclusion that they need a more efficient way to gather information on Derrick Arden, and thus, decide to focus on the Violet Wolf dormitory.
At the Swan Gazebo, Gregory Violet compels Herman Greenhill to remain in a fixed position while he sketches, albeit the fact that Gregory is not drawing him at all. Joanne Harcourt, Red House's new Prefect's Fag, informs Ciel about the dormitories' annual cricket tournament on June 4th. After learning of this grand and competitive event, Ciel attempts to converse with Gregory only to fail. This leads him to change his strategy, and he deliberately remarks about his "friend" Derrick Arden. The P4 stiffen at his name, and Gregory is greatly displeased upon hearing of Derrick.
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Ciel Phantomhive muses that the P4 are profoundly affected by the mention of Derrick Arden, while the Fags are unconcerned. The prefects unanimously express that Derrick is "weird," and pronounce of his many qualities. Ciel deduces that the prefects are hiding a significant detail.
Later, Ciel asks Edward Midford about Derrick, but receives little information besides the headmaster's unquestioned jurisdiction to transfer Derrick along with other students. Edward wonders if the reason for Ciel's entry to the school is because of his position as the Watchdog, but Ciel tells him to mind his own business.
Subsequently, Ciel goes on a search for more information regarding Derrick from other students. When inquired, McMillan identifies the transferred students as Greenson, Hardy, Isaac, and Thewlis. However, Ciel is unable to gain any more important details, as no one has bothered to question the headmaster's "absolute" decision to transfer the mentioned students.
Elsewhere, Sebastian Michaelis asks Johann Agares about Derrick, but does not acquire much knowledge as neither was Johann apprised with the reason for the headmaster's decision. At the Blue House's library, Ciel and Sebastian meet up to plan their next strategy. Ciel decides to make direct contact with Derrick by visiting the Purple House himself.
Upon arriving at the Violet Wolf dormitory, Ciel instigates a fire by hurling his lantern within the dorm's premises to force the students to evacuate. Then, they wait for the prospective appearance of Derrick.
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Due to the growing fire, the students of the Purple House hastily seek refuge outside the dormitory building. Sebastian Michaelis, however, is unable to detect Derrick Arden's presence anywhere, with his supernatural ability to pick up signs of human life by sensing their souls.
With the combined efforts of the other dormitories, they manage to extinguish the fire. The following morning, Ciel learns that the headmaster chooses one player who has performed well in the cricket tournament to his midnight tea party. To his satisfaction, he is told by Clayton that he has been selected to participate in the tournament.
On June 3rd, in the large dining hall of the school, Johann Agares initiates the opening ceremony and introduces the dormitories to the visitors. Each dorm is given an epithet, applied descriptively, and granted a dramatic entrance. The P4 simultaneously light the flame of St. George to signify the beginning of the 1889 school year's dormitory cricket tournament.
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The attendees of the cricket tournament, as well as the visitors, mingle sociably with one another. Aleistor Chamber, who was a graduate of Weston College, arrives to greet and admonish his nephew, Edgar Redmond. In the meantime, Francis Midford confronts Sebastian Michaelis, and the Midford family are soon informed to keep quiet about his true identity as a butler.
Alexis Leon Midford, a previous graduate of the school as well, proceeds to tell the story of Blue House's single yet upstanding victory in the tournament, a memorable event referred to as the "Miracle of Sapphires." Back then, he was the Fag of the Green House's prefect Diedrich. Diedrich and Vincent Phantomhive, who was Blue House's prefect, engaged in a competition, where whoever loses in the tournament would complete one free request from the winner. However, the Blue House was victorious for the first time. To recompense for his loss, Diedrich was obliged to serve as Vincent's Fag, even through graduation.
After the story was told, Johann Agares draws lots to the decide the competition roster for the first round. Having ordered Sebastian to adjust the results to accommodate his preference, Ciel opts to win through force not miracles.
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The tournament begins with a match between Sapphire Owl and Scarlet Fox, the latter receiving permission to bat first.  After the first few rounds, it is visible that the Red House has the upper hand.
The servants of the Phantomhive household, with the exception of Snake watch the game along with Elizabeth Midford, Paula and McMillan. Baldroy explains the rules of the game. Lau and Ran-Mao are also present and have set up a gambling booth, receiving bets for the outcome of the tournament.
At halftime, the Red House leads with 80 runs, to the Blue House's 21. Lawrence Bluewer expresses a desire to change strategy, but cannot as their coach, Warden Michaelis is not present. Meanwhile, the Red House, confident of their victory find their meat pie in a different position than expected. They shrug it off and set out to distribute the pie.
The match continues with Joanne Harcourt bowling. Just before he deals the final blow, most of Red House, including him, fall to the round with stomach pain.  Sebastian had replaced the meat pie with one filled with laxatives. The match ends as Red House is unable to play further, and is considered a forfeit, making Blue House the winner.
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Meanwhile, the cricket match is still going on, with Green Lion playing against Violet Wolf. Cheslock uses the "Purple Burnout" bowling technique, which results in the batsman being bowled out. Herman proceeds to make a Boundary 6. The match ends with Green House's victory, with a score of 213-120.
Ciel and the rest of the Sapphire Owl cricket team decide to win their next match against Green Lion, for the sake of Red House as well. The match begins with Blue House playing the first offence. Sebastian starts a music performance, and the batsman for Blue House manages to hit the fastball with his eyes closed. It is revealed that one week ago, Ciel had come up with a plan to have a signal to show when to hit the ball. Edward observes that the music is a guise to signal the players about when to swing. Edward uses the "Purple Burnout" technique of Cheslock in an attempt to stop them, and he bowls the batsman out.
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As Sebastian rushes to find the headmaster, the rest of Blue House is at a loss as to how to play without the music guiding them. Meanwhile, Sebastian finds that the headmaster has vanished from the place that he was spotted, instead moving somewhere far away. Ciel reluctantly decides to use a strategy created by Sebastian to defeat Green House, by making Lau get his "shameless" girls to show their legs. This strategy works even on Edward, who is distracted by this. However, due to the bad eyesight of Blue House players, they do not notice this.
Meanwhile, Sebastian realizes that the headmaster has sensed his presence, and decides not to hold back due to this. He manages to catch the headmaster's coat, only to find that he has disappeared.
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At the match, Ciel uses another strategy where he aims for the batsman’s face, so that the ball can be caught easily by nearby fielders. As the audience boos, Herman Greenhill shows them Ciel’s calloused hands, which show that he has been training hard to achieve this, and that he shouldn’t be booed. In the next round, Ciel uses an off-side leg ball and tricks the batsman. He begins using cliff tactics, and keeps Green House scoreless. With one ball left, Ciel's opponent is now Edward. Edward makes a boundary 6.
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