The schoolmaster is generally a man of some importance in the female circle of a rural neighborhood; being considered a kind of idle, gentlemanlike personage, of vastly superior taste and accomplishments to the rough country swains, and, indeed, inferior in learning only to the parson.
Brom, who had a degree of rough chivalry in his nature, would fain have carried matters to open warfare and have settled their pretensions to the lady, according to the mode of those most concise and simple reasoners, the knights-errant of yore, -- by single combat; but lchabod was too conscious of the superior might of his adversary to enter the lists against him; he had overheard a boast of Bones, that he would "double the schoolmaster up, and lay him on a shelf of his own schoolhouse;" and he was too wary to give him an opportunity.
Be that as it may, it has always been told for a fact (and always will be told, as long as the world lasts), that Chiron, with the head of a schoolmaster
, had the body and legs of a horse.
As I wanted to see a schoolmaster
or two, and was forewarned that those gentlemen might, in their modesty, be shy of receiving a visit from the author of the "Pickwick Papers," I consulted with a professional friend who had a Yorkshire connexion, and with whom I concerted a pious fraud.
Not," he added, with polite significance,--"not that a man can't be an excellent miller and farmer, and a shrewd, sensible fellow into the bargain, without much help from the schoolmaster
Grandfather," said Charley, "I wonder whether the boys did not use to upset the old chair when the schoolmaster
said the schoolmaster
, making haste towards the chimney-corner and holding the candle over the low hamper, where two extremely blind puppies lifted up their heads towards the light from a nest of flannel and wool.
had been watching there all night.
The stipend arising hence would hardly have indulged the schoolmaster
in the luxuries of life, had he not added to this office those of clerk and barber, and had not Mr Allworthy added to the whole an annuity of ten pounds, which the poor man received every Christmas, and with which he was enabled to cheer his heart during that sacred festival.
I am afraid the schoolmaster
must have been occupied with his scholars," said Miss Halcombe, "just at the time when the woman passed through the village and returned again.
Mr Bradley Headstone, highly certificated stipendiary schoolmaster
, drew his right forefinger through one of the buttonholes of the boy's coat, and looked at it attentively.
There was but one old man in the little garden before his cottage, and him they were timid of approaching, for he was the schoolmaster
, and had 'School' written up over his window in black letters on a white board.