This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...successful attempts to adorn Ada. "I think this is the very longest day I ever knew," said Ada, as she and Gerty went back to the school-room; "I feel as if six o'clock would never come!" It was certainly not a long day as far as light was concerned, for it was dull and foggy, and got dark so early, that the gas was lighted and the shutters shut at Miss Martyn's soon after three o'clock. Friday was one of the days when Gerty's class had a lesson from Monsieur Bornand, and the hour spent with him was always looked forward to with a sort of awe. Of all the masters in the school he was the most feared, yet he contrived to make his lessons so interesting as well as dreadful, that not even Gerty's good-natured friend, Mr Sherwood, was more popular. Gerty was always nervous about her preparation for Monsieur Bornand; and when she came into the school-room from her practising at five o'clock, she was so anxious to get a last look at the fable of La Fontaine's she had to repeat, that she forgot everything else, even the party. She brought her books and sat down in her place without noticing that Ada was not in the room, until Mademoiselle interrupted her by asking where her friend was. "Je ne sais pas," said Gerty, without looking up. But all the class was assembled, waiting for the master, and it was already several minutes past the hour, so Mademoiselle rose with an impatient exclamation to go and seek for the truant. She was only half across the room, however, when the door opened, and M. Bornand appeared, a tall black-bearded man, of a most majestic aspect. The girls all rose, as was the custom when a master entered, when suddenly the gas went out, leaving the room in darkness that was almost total. A general...
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