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a great deal of good.’ ‘Did you say that tall lady was called Miss
Temple?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘And what are the other teachers called?’

‘The one with red cheeks is called Miss Smith; she attends to the
work, and cuts out-for we make our own clothes, our frocks, and
pelisses, and everything; the little one with black hair is Miss
Scatcherd; she teaches history and grammar, and hears the second
class repetitions; and the one who wears a shawl, and has a pocket-
handkerchief tied to her side with a yellow ribband, is Madame
Pierrot: she comes from Lisle, in France, and teaches French.’ ‘Do
you like the teachers?’ ‘Well enough.’ ‘Do you like the little black
one, and the Madame-? -I cannot pronounce her name as you do.’
‘Miss Scatcherd is hasty-you must take care not to offend her;
Madame Pierrot is not a bad sort of person.’ ‘But Miss Temple is
the best-isn’t she?’ ‘Miss Temple is very good and very clever; she
is above the rest, because she knows far more than they do.’ ‘Have
you been long here?’ ‘Two years.’ ‘Are you an orphan?’ ‘My
mother is dead.’ ‘Are you happy here?’

‘You ask rather too many questions. I have given you answers
enough for the present: now I want to read.’ But at that moment the
summons sounded for dinner; all re-entered the house.

The odour which now filled the refectory was scarcely more
appetising than that which had regaled our nostrils at breakfast:
the dinner was served in two huge tinplated vessels, whence rose a
strong steam redolent of rancid fat. I found the mess to consist of
indifferent potatoes and strange shreds of rusty meat, mixed and
cooked together. Of this preparation a tolerably abundant plateful
was apportioned to each pupil. I ate what I could, and wondered
within myself whether every day’s fare would be like this.

After dinner, we immediately adjourned to the schoolroom: lessons
recommenced, and were continued till five o’clock.

The only marked event of the afternoon was, that I saw the girl
with whom I had conversed in the verandah dismissed in disgrace
by Miss Scatcherd from a history class, and sent to stand in the
middle of the large schoolroom. The punishment seemed to me in a
high degree ignominious, especially for so great a girlshe looked
thirteen or upwards. I expected she would show signs of great
distress and shame; but to my surprise she neither wept nor
blushed: composed, though grave, she stood, the central mark of
all eyes. ‘How can she bear it so quietly-so firmly?’ I asked of
myself. ‘Were I in her place, it seems to me I should wish the earth
to open and swallow me up. She looks as if she were thinking of
something beyond her punishment-beyond her situation: of
something not round her nor before her. I have heard of day-
dreams-is she in a day-dream now? Her eyes are fixed on the
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