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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. MANNERS AND CUSTOMS. The examinations came and went--first that of the pupil-teachers, and then that of the school. The first was held in the Flaxby Town Hall, as being the most central spot, and Mrs. Morris conducted her party of girls thither on the appointed day. It was a much more exciting event to Isabel than to her companions, who had been used to be examined from babyhood, and she felt at first as if she could never command her attention or her wits. It was indeed a test of her suitability for the profession she had chosen, as the power to fix the mind at an examination is as much a part of useful, available talent as the power of acquiring knowledge; and the girl who fails because she has not read over her questions correctly, or calculated the time allowed for each, is distinctly wanting in a valuable mental quality. With a violent effort Isabel conquered herself, and though her memory was not her strong point, and her arithmetic was always a stumbling-block, it was a great advantage to her to be able to spell and write correct English without an effort. On the other hand, she wrote badly, and her papers looked untidy, and had not the neat, professional air of Clara's and Annie's. She was able to take a French paper, which was likely to give her some extra marks. The examination of St. Matthew's School was not unpleasant on the whole either to teachers or children. The best frocks, the flowers on the table, and the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Ward and Miss Gertrude, created a pleasing excitement, at any rate for those not directly responsible; and Mrs. Morris strongly discouraged the view of being too frightened to speak before the Inspector. It was the children's duty, she said, to give him satisfaction, and the teachers' duty to questio...
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    The Girls of Flaxby

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