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regulations, and I find no such meal as lunch mentioned. Who
introduced this innovation? and by what authority?’

‘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.’ ‘Madam, allow me an instant. You are aware that my
plan in bringing up these girls is, not to accustom them to habits of
luxury and indulgence, but to render them hardy, patient, self-
denying. Should any little accidental disappointment of the
appetite occur, such as the spoiling of a meal, the under or the over
dressing of a dish, the incident ought not to be neutralised by
replacing with something more delicate the comfort lost, thus
pampering the body and obviating the aim of this institution; it
ought to be improved to the spiritual edification of the pupils, by
encouraging them to evince fortitude under the temporary
privation. A brief address on those occasions would not be
mistimed, wherein a judicious instructor would take the
opportunity of referring to the sufferings of the primitive
Christians; to the torments of martyrs; to the exhortations of our
blessed Lord Himself, calling upon His disciples to take up their
cross and follow Him; to His warnings that man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of
God; to His divine consolations, “If ye suffer hunger or thirst for
My sake, happy are ye.” Oh, madam, when you put bread and
cheese, instead of burnt porridge, into these children’s mouths, you
may indeed feed their vile bodies, but you little think how you
starve their immortal souls!’ Mr. Brocklehurst again paused-
perhaps overcome by his feelings. Miss Temple had looked down
when he first began to speak to her; but she now gazed straight
before her, and her face, naturally pale as marble, appeared to be
assuming also the coldness and fixity of that material; especially
her mouth, closed as if it would have required a sculptor’s chisel to
open it, and her brow settled gradually into petrified severity.
Meantime, Mr. Brocklehurst, standing on the hearth with his hands
behind his back, majestically surveyed the whole school. Suddenly
his eye gave a blink, as if it had met something that either dazzled
or shocked its pupil; turning, he said in more rapid accents than he
had hitherto used‘Miss Temple, Miss Temple, what-what is that
girl with curled hair? Red hair, ma’am, curled-curled all over?’
And extending his cane he pointed to the awful object, his hand
shaking as he did so.

‘It is Julia Severn,’ replied Miss Temple, very quietly.
‘Julia Severn, ma’am! And why has she, or any other, curled hair?
Why, in defiance of every precept and principle of this house, does
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