Now that exam week is over and all of the tests have been graded, the professors of the Faculty of English Language and Literature finally have some time for themselves again. However, when Prof. Johnson logged into his account at the University this morning, he noticed someone had changed some of the grades in the University's administration system. Curious about who had been tampering with the grades, he took a look at the editor of the changes: 'N/A'. That was strange, since everyone at the University has his/her own login ID. Someone must have hacked into the system!
The grades of the following students were changed:
Cooper, S Marsh, S Morgan, D Smith, W Swanson, R White, W
One of them must have hacked into the system and changed their grades, but who? Suspending all of them is not a possibility, because it isn't certain that they are all involved. When Prof. Johnson looked further, his eyes were drawn to the 'comment' field of the edit. There was something written there:
To whom it may concern:
I've always struggled here, so I had no choice. There's a cross for everyone, and there's a cross for me. Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall, but I will not be here anymore when that happens. We all have to meet our match sometime or other, so I had to do something about this. I won't be bothering you again. Don't be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.
PS: The trouble with being inspired to perform the impossible was that the inspiration gave you no clues to the practical means.
That seemed quite strange and a bit overdramatic, even for a student who just failed his/her exam. Although, after studying the text for a while, professor Johnson suddenly realised what was hidden behind the message, and had one of the six students expelled for fraud. Who was it?
Note that professor Johnson didn't need a lot of time to identify the message behind the comment, using his knowledge of English literature. All of the quotes are from books he knows, but one of them is quite hard to find. One of the first names (or Christian names) might come in handy...