The master testified as much admiration for the talents as for the character of his favorite pupil, who served as a conclusion to all his comparisons.
The pupil turned her easel so that no one but the master could see the sketch, which she placed upon it, and said, in an agitated voice:--
asked a professor, ironically, of one of his pupils
Miss Peecher's favourite pupil, who assisted her in her little household, was in attendance with a can of water to replenish her little watering-pot, and sufficiently divined the state of Miss Peecher's affections to feel it necessary that she herself should love young Charley Hexam.
Miss Peecher inverting her watering-pot, and very carefully shaking out the few last drops over a flower, as if there were some special virtue in them which would make it a Jack's beanstalk before morning, called for replenishment to her pupil, who had been speaking to the boy.
Did he receive a yearly salary, or did he get a little extra money for each new pupil
who took drawing lessons?
Although schoolmistresses' letters are to be trusted no more nor less than churchyard epitaphs; yet, as it sometimes happens that a person departs this life who is really deserving of all the praises the stone cutter carves over his bones; who IS a good Christian, a good parent, child, wife, or husband; who actually DOES leave a disconsolate family to mourn his loss; so in academies of the male and female sex it occurs every now and then that the pupil
is fully worthy of the praises bestowed by the disinterested instructor.
I did not invariably confine myself to these rules: it was against my conscience to do so; but I seldom could venture to deviate from them in the slightest degree, without incurring the wrath of my little pupil
, and subsequently of his mamma; to whom he would relate my transgressions maliciously exaggerated, or adorned with embellishments of his own; and often, in consequence, was I on the point of losing or resigning my situation.
Not a day passed, in that dangerous intimacy of teacher and pupil
, in which my hand was not close to Miss Fairlie's; my cheek, as we bent together over her sketch-book, almost touching hers.
The language you have allowed yourself to use in my absence is the same language which your pupil
was foolish enough to employ when she wrote for the second time to my late master.
The young lady teachers "showed off" -- bending sweetly over pupils
that were lately being boxed, lifting pretty warning fingers at bad little boys and patting good ones lovingly.
I must be responsible for the circumstance, sir," replied Miss Temple: "the breakfast was so ill prepared that the pupils
could not possibly eat it; and I dared not allow them to remain fasting till dinner-time.
You might smooth to the utmost the path of learning, remove every pebble from the track; but then you must finally insist with decision on the pupil
taking your arm and allowing himself to be led quietly along the prepared road.
ate apples and put straws down one another's backs, until Mr Wopsle's great-aunt collected her energies, and made an indiscriminate totter at them with a birch-rod.
For two or three days she went out canvassing for pupils