The feeble fingers were never idle, and one of her pleasures was to make little things for the school children daily passing to and fro, to drop a pair of mittens from her window for a pair of purple hands, a needlebook for some small mother of many dolls, penwipers for young penmen toiling through forests of pothooks
, scrapbooks for picture-loving eyes, and all manner of pleasant devices, till the reluctant climbers of the ladder of learning found their way strewn with flowers, as it were, and came to regard the gentle giver as a sort of fairy godmother, who sat above there, and showered down gifts miraculously suited to their tastes and needs.
There was a fat woman inside in a red jumper with pothooks
and beasties embroidered upon it.
An indescribable character of faded gentility that attached to the house I sought, and made it unlike all the other houses in the street - though they were all built on one monotonous pattern, and looked like the early copies of a blundering boy who was learning to make houses, and had not yet got out of his cramped brick-and-mortar pothooks
- reminded me still more of Mr.
"But why--why--why--did So-and-so do so-and-so?" Sophie would demand from her seat by the pothook
; and Mrs.
Though some critics feared the potentially "mischievous tendency" (18) of analytics (like the intuitionist and disciple of Coleridge and Kant, Sir William Rowan Hamilton, who feared that the Cambridge approach would reduce math "to a mere system of symbols, and nothing more; an affair of pothooks
and hangers, of black strokes upon white paper" [Graves 528, italics in original]), Victorian interventions into the discipline nonetheless demonstrated "a manifest tendency toward...
That is barely two years ago--and now here stands Territorial Kantorek, the spell quite broken, with bent knees, arms like pothooks
, unpolished buttons and that ludicrous rig-out--an impossible soldier" (176).