There was a light in the porter's lodge: when we reached it, we found the porter's wife just kindling her fire: my trunk, which had been carried down the evening before, stood corded at the door.
2.It wanted but a few minutes of six , and shortly after that hour had struck , the distant roll of wheels announced the coming coach ; i went to the door and watched its lamps approach rapidly through the gloom
I was carried into an inn , where the guard wanted me to have some dinner ; but , as i had no appetite , he left me in an immense room with a fireplace at each end , a chandelier pendent from the ceiling , and a little red gallery high up against the wall filled with musical instruments
we came upon the hum of many voices , and presently entered a wide , long room , with great deal tables , two at each end ,
there was a basin at liberty , which did not occur soon , as there was but one basin to six girls , on the stands down the middle of the room
When it subsided , i saw them all drawn up in four semicircles , before four chairs , placed at the four tables ; all held books in their hands , and a great book , like a bible , lay on each table , before the vacant seat
The garden was a wide enclosure , surrounded with walls so high as to exclude every glimpse of prospect ; a covered verandah ran down one side , and broad walks bordered a middle space divided into scores of little beds : these beds were assigned as gardens for the pupils to cultivate , and each bed had an owner . when full of flowers they would doubtless look pretty ; but now , at the latter end of january , all was wintry blight and brown decay
looked round the convent - like garden , and then up at the house - a large building , half of which seemed grey and old , the other half quite new
The new part , containing the schoolroom and dormitory , was lit by mullioned and latticed windows , which gave it a church - like aspect ; a stone tablet over the door bore this inscription -
Her sight seems turned in，gone down into her heart.
Before the long hour and a half of prayers and Bible-reading was over, I felt ready to perish with cold.
but one class still stood round Miss Scatcherd’s chair reading, and as all was quiet, the subject of their lessons could be heard, together with the manner in which each girl acquitted herself
till she dismissed me, I could not pursue my observations on Miss Scatcherd’s movements.
not a feature of her pensive face altered its ordinary expression.
I wandered as usual among the forms and tables and laughing groups without a companion, yet not feeling lonely
the noises I hear round me are the bubbling of a little brook which runs through Deepden,
and I thought what a pity it was that, with his integrity and conscientiousness, he could see no farther than the prerogatives of the crown. If he had but been able to look to a distance, and see how what they call the spirit of the age was tending!
I discovered , too , that a great pleasure , an enjoyment which the horizon only bounded , lay all outside the high and spike - guarded walls of our garden : this pleasure consisted in prospect of noble summits girdling a great hill - hollow , rich in verdure and shadow ; in a bright beck , full of dark stones and sparkling eddies
How different had this scene looked when i viewed it laid out beneath the iron sky of winter , stiffened in frost , shrouded with snow ! - when mists as chill as death wandered to the impulse of east winds along those purple peaks , and rolled down ing and holm till they blended with the frozen fog of the beck
And had it not been otherwise，no one had leisure to watch or restrain them
The impulse of gratitude swelled my heart, and I knelt down at the bedside, and offered up thanks where thanks were due; not forgetting, ere I rose, to implore aid on my further path, and the power of meriting the kindness which seemed so frankly offered me before it was earned.