What with schools, and classes here, and private pupils, AND the apprentices, he really has too much to do, poor fellow!
The notion of the apprentices was still so odd to me that I asked Caddy if there were many of them.
Therefore we three adjourned to the apprentices together, and I made one in the dance.
The apprentices were the queerest little people.
I sat in the ball-room in the interval, contemplating the apprentices.
Her husband, who had left us while we had this chat, now coming back, preparatory to exercising the apprentices in the ball-room, Caddy informed me she was quite at my disposal.
The elder Mr. Turveydrop was in bed, I found, and Caddy was milling his chocolate, which a melancholy little boy who was an apprentice —it seemed such a curious thing to be apprenticed to the trade of dancing—was waiting to carry upstairs.
"I assure you, my dear," returned Caddy, smiling, "when the outdoor apprentices ring us up in the morning (the bell rings into our room, not to disturb old Mr. Turveydrop), and when I put up the window and see them standing on the door-step with their little pumps under their arms, I am actually reminded of the Sweeps."
And it seemed so curious that her pale face and helpless figure should be lying there day after day where dancing was the business of life, where the kit and the apprentices began early every morning in the ballroom, and where the untidy little boy waltzed by himself in the kitchen all the afternoon.
"I have been," proceeds the visitor in a modest, clear way, "an apprentice and a workman.
There are no more uses of "apprentice" in the book.