Young woman of impeccable character and neat appearance required as schoolmistress for village school

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Young woman of impeccable character and neat appearance required as schoolmistress for village school

Must be: disciplined, self-assured, modest, patient. Skills to include: a fluent hand, flawless arithmetic, clear singing voice (soprano or alto), love of the bible and traditional literature of an improving nature, knowledge of the British Isles and her dominions. A passion for clouds and the still air at dusk; for bluebells in sun-dappled woods; your hand on my breast, a gasp in my throat. And forever a longing for the girl I left bare-headed under the wide blue sky, beyond the squeak of the chalk, the dusty depths of the ink wells and the high, barred windows of the schoolroom.

M J Lewis ©2016

Friday already, so this means of course I’m late for Friday Fiction. (I love a paradox!) And such an interesting photo, thanks to J Hardy Carroll. Not a school I’m assuming but, although the chairs are plastic and metal nowadays, I will forever associate wooden seating with schoolrooms.

Thanks as ever to our gracious host Rochelle and to all who visit. For more stories click here.

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22 thoughts on “Young woman of impeccable character and neat appearance required as schoolmistress for village school

    • Over the years I’ve read so many tales with schoolrooms and school teachers – from Ann of Green Gables, via Jane Eyre and Cider with Rosie to Women in Love. I think this is all mixed in with the fact I went to a a series of Victorian-built village schools myself. Glad you enjoyed the pastoral quality. Let’s pack that picnic hamper and head for the fields…
      (PS have never considered the fact that all this literature was why I went into teaching.)

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