With the same unerring instinct Mr. Stelling set to work at his natural method of instilling the Eton Grammar and Euclid into the mind of Tom Tulliver.
"I don’t think I am well, father," said Tom; "I wish you’d ask Mr. Stelling not to let me do Euclid; it brings on the toothache, I think."
She knew she could do Euclid, for she had looked into it again, and she saw what A B C meant; they were the names of the lines.
"Girls can’t do Euclid; can they, sir?"
He paused a little to consider how he should pray about Euclid—whether he should ask to see what it meant, or whether there was any other mental state which would be more applicable to the case.
In holding this conviction Mr. Stelling was not biassed, as some tutors have been, by the excessive accuracy or extent of his own scholarship; and as to his views about Euclid, no opinion could have been freer from personal partiality.
The fact that he got through his supines without mistake the next day, encouraged him to persevere in this appendix to his prayers, and neutralized any scepticism that might have arisen from Mr. Stelling’s continued demand for Euclid.
Still, Latin, Euclid, and Logic would surely be a considerable step in masculine wisdom,—in that knowledge which made men contented, and even glad to live.
The old books, Virgil, Euclid, and Aldrich—that wrinkled fruit of the tree of knowledge—had been all laid by; for Maggie had turned her back on the vain ambition to share the thoughts of the wise.
But she found the stock unaccountably shrunk down to the few old ones which had been well thumbed,—the Latin Dictionary and Grammar, a Delectus, a torn Eutropius, the well-worn Virgil, Aldrich’s Logic, and the exasperating Euclid.
But at last he added: "And make Mr. Stelling say I sha’n’t do Euclid any more.
) "Euclid, my lad,—why, what’s that?" said Mr. Tulliver.
Latin and Euclid, and those things?" said Tom.
Stelling," she said, that same evening when they were in the drawing-room, "couldn’t I do Euclid, and all Tom’s lessons, if you were to teach me instead of him?"
(You help me, you silly little thing!" said Tom, in such high spirits at this announcement that he quite enjoyed the idea of confounding Maggie by showing her a page of Euclid.
See here! what I’ve got to do," said Tom, drawing Maggie toward him and showing her his theorem, while she pushed her hair behind her ears, and prepared herself to prove her capability of helping him in Euclid.
"We learned Latin," said Tom, pausing a little between each item, as if he were turning over the books in his school-desk to assist his memory,—"a good deal of Latin; and the last year I did Themes, one week in Latin and one in English; and Greek and Roman history; and Euclid; and I began Algebra, but I left it off again; and we had one day every week for Arithmetic.
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