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Written by Nikki N
(1/31/2011 11:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, school, penned by Tamtam
"We were always encouraged to read, and had all the masters that were necessary. Those who chose to be idle, certainly might."
"Aye, no doubt, but that is what a governess will prevent".
In a lord's household in ELizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, the governess organized the lessons "and keep us up to our preparation for these masters".
I hope we're not wondering too far from Emma -- I mean to say that if there were masters who would go part time to instruct girls in private homes, there would also be part time masters at Mrs Goddard's school -- and playing and singing might often be taught together, and some girls might be able to learn both to sing and play, some girls might find they can only play but not sing, and some other girls might be able to sing but not play.
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