That sort of thing is all over: schoolmistresses
in their 30s fall passionately in love with young teenage boys, but the roles seldom seem to be reversed.
Elizabeth Jane Errington, Wives and Mothers, Schoolmistresses
and Scullery Maids: Working Women in Upper Canada, 1790-1840 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press 1995).
This had once s been a teacher training college, set up in 1856 to provide an educas tion to Catholic schoolmistresses
by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
taught the children to read and write, but the teachers tended to be underqualified, and the children also had to spend much of the day scrubbing floors or cleaning kitchens.
The next schoolmistresses
, 21-year-old Miss Jane Allen and her 16-year-old sister, Mary, stayed 20 years.
However, credit where it's due, and I would like to propose a vote of thanks to the more imaginative layers for opening up our horizons over the last decade like obliging schoolmistresses
giving special tuition to 13-year-old boys.