Who Wrote?

24th December 2004 at 00:00
1 "At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel, And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school."

2 "When the gong sounds ten in the morning and I walk to school by our lane, Every day I meet the hawker crying, 'Bangles, crystal bangles!'

There is nothing to hurry him on, there is no road he must take, no place he must go to, no time when he must come home.

I wish I were a hawker, spending my day in the road, crying 'Bangles, crystal bangles!'"

3 "Religion is an all-important matter in a public school for girls.

Whatever people say, it is the mother's safeguard and the husband's. What we ask of education is not that girls should think, but that they should believe."

4 "I remember the morning when Miss Spence opened my eyes to the life of wordsIwhat stories she read to us as we sat at her feet I don't remember, but suddenly words were not only sentences but individuals. She gave each word so exactly its proper weight and meaning, yet so lightly, I felt I could hold the words like coloured stones in my hand. Perhaps because my ears were alerted so were my eyes. I can still see the light touching the golden wood of the polished floorboards where we were sitting."

5 "I had a bunch of keys to play with, as long as I was capable only of pleasure in what glittered and jingled; as I grew older I had a cart and a ball; and when I was five or six years old, two boxes of well-cut wooden bricks. With these modest, but, I still think, entirely sufficient possessions, and being always summarily whipped if I cried, did not do as I was bid, or tumbled on the stairs, I soon attained serene and secure methods of life and motion; and could pass my days contentedly in tracing the squares and comparing the colours of my carpet, examining the knots in the wood of the floor, or counting the bricks in the opposite houses."

6 "I would rather be a teacher at a school (and I can think of nothing worse) than marry a man I did not like."

7 "A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

8 "I expect you'll be becoming a schoolmaster, sir. That's what most of the gentlemen does, sir, that gets sent down for indecent behaviour."

9 "Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens."


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