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The opening of the school in the Kanawha Valley, however, brought to me one of the keenest disappointments that I ever experienced.
Finally I won, and was permitted to go to the school in the day for a few months, with the understanding that I was to rise early in the morning and work in the furnace till nine o'clock, and return immediately after school closed in the afternoon for at least two more hours of work.
Now, as the harem of whales is called by the fishermen a school, so is the lord and master of that school technically known as the schoolmaster.
This old gentleman came from London in 1637, and had been teaching school ever since; so that there were now aged men, grandfathers like myself, to whom Master Cheever had taught their alphabet.
Now the theory of private schools is (or was) constant supervision out of school--therein differing fundamentally from that of public schools.
But there was quite a difference between welcoming his success at other schools and serving under his leadership in their own.
Of the monstrous neglect of education in England, and the disregard of it by the State as a means of forming good or bad citizens, and miserable or happy men, private schools long afforded a notable example.
But you said yourself the people are at such a low stage of material development: what help are schools for that?
The little girls of Avonlea school always pooled their lunches, and to eat three raspberry tarts all alone or even to share them only with one's best chum would have forever and ever branded as "awful mean" the girl who did it.
In school today, I'll learn to read, tomorrow to write, and the day after tomorrow I'll do arithmetic.
It seemed to Becky, in her hot resentment, that she could hardly wait for school to "take in," she was so impatient to see Tom flogged for the injured spelling-book.
But I'm always afraid he will," said Cecily, "and it would be such a DISGRACE to have two boys fighting over me in school.

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