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Written by Carolyn
(8/25/2004 12:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I've always felt so sorry for this particular Jane, penned by Line
Though Jane is somewhat severe on her because she preserved the same appearance of knowledge, & contempt of what was generally esteemed pleasure I think her studies gave some happiness that the "esteemed pleasures" couldn't, if the account below is truthful.
Excerpt from "The Schoolmaster" by Roger Ascham (published 1570 -- 24 years after her death)
'I will tell you, quoth [Jane Grey], and tell you a troth whiche perchance ye will marvell at. One of the gretest benefits that ever God gave me is that he sent me so sharpe and severe Parentes, and so jentle a Scholemaster. For when I am in presence either of father or mother, whether I spekee, kepe silence, sit, stand, or go, eate, drinke, be merie, or sad, be sowying, plaiying, dauncing, or doing anything els: I must do it, as it were, in soch weight, measure, and number, even as perfectlie as God made the world; or els I am so sharplie taunted, so cruellie threatened, yea presentlie some tymes with pinches, nippes and bobbes, and other waies I will not name for the honour I beare them, so without measure misordered, that I thinke myself in hell, till tyme cum that I must go to Mister Elmer, who teacheth me so jentlie, so pleasantlie, with soch faire allurements to lerning, that I think all the tyme nothing, whiles I am with him. And when I am called from him, I fall on weeping, because what soever I do els, but learning, is full of grief, trouble, feare, and whole misliking.
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