What was understood to be his education was simply the practice of reading, writing, and spelling, carried on by an elaborate appliance of unintelligible ideas, and by much failure in the effort to learn by rote.
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She memorized her lesson by rote, but never really understood it.
"They will get used to it," the soldier said as if the words were rote in his mouth.