"In what way are schools
going to help the people to improve their material position?
He gave me some letters of introduction, in the name, I think, of my travelling companion; they bore reference to a supposititious little boy who had been left with a widowed mother who didn't know what to do with him; the poor lady had thought, as a means of thawing the tardy compassion of her relations in his behalf, of sending him to a Yorkshire school; I was the poor lady's friend, travelling that way; and if the recipient of the letter could inform me of a school in his neighbourhood, the writer would be very much obliged.
Squeers and his school are faint and feeble pictures of an existing reality, purposely subdued and kept down lest they should be deemed impossible.
He had come to the school as a day-boy, with the best scholarship on their endowment, so that his education had cost him nothing.
The headmaster, on the other hand, was obliged to be married and he conducted the school till age began to tell upon him.
However, finding both father and son against her on this point, she gave in, like a wise woman, and proceeded to prepare Tom's kit for his launch into a public school.
But he was the great opponent of the tale-bearing habits of the school, and the open enemy of the ushers; and so worthy of all support.
"Was the chair placed in his school?" asked Charley.
"Yes, in his school," answered Grandfather; "and we may safely say that it had never before been regarded with such awful reverence,--no, not even when the old governors of Massachusetts sat in it.
When, however, I found myself at the school for the first time, I also found myself confronted with two other difficulties.
From the time when I could remember anything, I had been called simply "Booker." Before going to school it had never occurred to me that it was needful or appropriate to have an additional name.
"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
In a few moments the master arrived and school
"took in." Tom did not feel a strong interest in his studies.
Should he go to school
, or should he follow the pipes?
"I am not coming back to school
any more," said Anne.