For instance, -ess suffix in examples like monitress
is a direct borrowing from BE.
Thus Ellis means to educate women in the virtues of the heart like "disinterested kindness," "cheerfulness," and "doing one's moral duty." Women practice their virtues in the domestic sphere where Providence has placed them as "humble monitress
" to help their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons become "happier and better men" (18-19).
Ruskin echoes Sarah Stickney Ellis who, in her Women of England of 1839, characterizes this angel as "the humble monitress
who sat alone, guarding the fireside comforts of this distant home ...
While the social backgrounds of the women in the Teaching Practice reports are unclear, the majority of them in the period studied were aged twenty and had some experience either as pupil-teachers or as monitresses
in the schools.