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Chapter 9

Of Miss Squeers, Mrs Squeers, Master Squeers, and
Mr Squeers; and of various Matters and Persons
connected no less with the Squeerses than Nicholas


When Mr Squeers left the schoolroom for the night, he
betook himself, as has been before remarked, to his
own fireside, which was situated--not in the room in
which Nicholas had supped on the night of his arrival, but in a
smaller apartment in the rear of the premises, where his lady wife,
his amiable son, and accomplished daughter, were in the full
enjoyment of each otherís society; Mrs Squeers being engaged in
the matronly pursuit of stocking-darning; and the young lady and
gentleman being occupied in the adjustment of some youthful
differences, by means of a pugilistic contest across the table,
which, on the approach of their honoured parent, subsided into a
noiseless exchange of kicks beneath it.

And, in this place, it may be as well to apprise the reader, that
Miss Fanny Squeers was in her three-and-twentieth year. If there
be any one grace or loveliness inseparable from that particular
period of life, Miss Squeers may be presumed to have been
possessed of it, as there is no reason to suppose that she was a
solitary exception to an universal rule. She was not tall like her
mother, but short like her father; from the former she inherited a
voice of harsh quality; from the latter a remarkable expression of
the right eye, something akin to having none at all.

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