Flights of fancy gave place, in her mind, to a steady fireside glow, and I had already begun to perceive how, with the development of the conviction that--as time went on without a public accident-- our young things could, after all, look out for themselves, she addressed her greatest solicitude to the sad case presented by their instructress
. That, for myself, was a sound simplification: I could engage that, to the world, my face should tell no tales, but it would have been, in the conditions, an immense added strain to find myself anxious about hers.
Topsy, with great gravity and adroitness, went through the exercise completely to Miss Ophelia's satisfaction; smoothing the sheets, patting out every wrinkle, and exhibiting, through the whole process, a gravity and seriousness with which her instructress was greatly edified.
Topsy had an uncommon verbal memory, and committed with a fluency that greatly encouraged her instructress.
A school for little children had been often in her thoughts; and, at one time, she had begun a review of her early studies in the New England Primer, with a view to prepare herself for the office of instructress
. But the love of children had never been quickened in Hepzibah's heart, and was now torpid, if not extinct; she watched the little people of the neighborhood from her chamber-window, and doubted whether she could tolerate a more intimate acquaintance with them.
The refreshing meal, the brilliant fire, the presence and kindness of her beloved instructress
, or, perhaps, more than all these, something in her own unique mind, had roused her powers within her.
"You, yourself, are responsible, Tars Tarkas," I replied, "in that you furnished me with an instructress
of remarkable ability; I have to thank Sola for my learning."
We will endeavour to do our duty by her, and she will, at least, have the advantage of companions of her own age, and of a regular instructress
Her husband was a retired tradesman, who had realized a very comfortable fortune; but could not be prevailed upon to give a greater salary than twenty-five pounds to the instructress
of his children.
If she could see the face of her fair instructress
, she would not love her less, I am sure.
I was to be a governess; I became a governess; and went into the family of a poor nobleman, where there were two daughters--little children, but the parents wished them to grow up, if possible, under one instructress
. The mother was young and pretty.
When my friend, Lady Fuddleston, mentioned that her dear girls required an instructress
(I am too poor to engage a governess for mine, but was I not educated at Chiswick?)--"Who," I exclaimed, "can we consult but the excellent, the incomparable Miss Pinkerton?" In a word, have you, dear madam, any ladies on your list, whose services might be made available to my kind friend and neighbour?
Would you deign to be my instructress
, I should prove an apter scholar than if taught by Signor Rappaccini himself."