Beth had her troubles as well as the others, and not being an angel but a very human little girl, she often `wept a little weep' as Jo said, because she couldn't take music lessons
and have a fine piano.
The tumult of cessation from lessons
was already breaking forth, but it sank at her voice.
It teaches us a lesson
of humility, by impressing us with the imperfection of human powers, and by warning us of the many weak points where we are open to the attack of the great enemy of our race; it proves to us that we are in danger of being weak, when our vanity would fain soothe us into the belief that we arc most strong; it forcibly points out to us the vainglory of intellect, and shows us the vast difference between a saving faith and the corollaries of a philosophical theology; and it teaches us to reduce our self-examination to the test of good works.
During these two weeks I was taught a lesson
which I shall never forget.
Month after month for the six years in which the "Editor's Study" continued in the keeping of its first occupant, its lesson
was more or less stormily delivered, to the exclusion, for the greater part, of other prophecy, but it has not been found well to keep the tempestuous manner along with the fulminant matter in this volume.
Yet Tom was by no means the most unmanageable of my pupils: sometimes, to my great joy, he would have the sense to see that his wisest policy was to finish his tasks, and go out and amuse himself till I and his sisters came to join him; which frequently was not at all, for Mary Ann seldom followed his example in this particular: she apparently preferred rolling on the floor to any other amusement: down she would drop like a leaden weight; and when I, with great difficulty, had succeeded in rooting her thence, I had still to hold her up with one arm, while with the other I held the book from which she was to read or spell her lesson
All right, old top," muttered the Englishman, "I will give you the lesson
of your life," and then turning to the girl: "Persuade him to let you accompany us.
But I can't give him the lesson
until I catch him in the act.
Sir," said Gentleman Jones, smoothing down his wristbands again, and addressing me blandly as I lay on the floor, "I have the honor to inform you that you have now received your first lesson
Alec had his laugh, and then Rose sat down and took a lesson
in accounts which she never forgot.
He ought, to be sure, to have read over his lesson
again, but that, you know, he could not do.
respect and deference to their superiors; since it must show them the wide distinction Fortune intends between those persons who are to be corrected for their faults, and those who are not; which lesson
if they do not learn, I am afraid they very rarely learn any other good lesson
, or improve their morals, at the house of correction.