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used in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

7 uses
  • This composition was considered to be the very finest effort of the evening.
    Chapter 21 (82% in)
  • The prime feature of the evening was in order, now—original "compositions" by the young ladies.
    Chapter 21 (34% in)
  • ...was one; "Memories of Other Days"; "Religion in History"; "Dream Land"; "The Advantages of Culture"; "Forms of Political Government Compared and Contrasted"; "Melancholy"; "Filial Love"; "Heart Longings," etc., etc. A prevalent feature in these compositions was a nursed and petted melancholy; another was a wasteful and opulent gush of "fine language"; another was a tendency to lug in by the ears particularly prized words and phrases until they were worn entirely out; and a peculiarity...
    Chapter 21 (40% in)
  • There is no school in all our land where the young ladies do not feel obliged to close their compositions with a sermon; and you will find that the sermon of the most frivolous and the least religious girl in the school is always the longest and the most relentlessly pious.
    Chapter 21 (47% in)
  • The first composition that was read was one entitled "Is this, then, Life?"
    Chapter 21 (49% in)
  • It may be remarked, in passing, that the number of compositions in which the word "beauteous" was over-fondled, and human experience referred to as "life's page," was up to the usual average.
    Chapter 21 (85% in)
  • NOTE:—The pretended "compositions" quoted in this chapter are taken without alteration from a volume entitled "Prose and Poetry, by a Western Lady"—but they are exactly and precisely after the schoolgirl pattern, and hence are much happier than any mere imitations could be.
    Chapter 21 (98% in)

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