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  • verb Present participle of governess.


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  • Mary Wollstonecraft's political writings and romantic entanglements have made her story well known, but Ms. Brandon's view of her through the prism of governessing makes it fresh.

    The Real-Life Jane Eyres

  • Sometimes the situations that governesses found themselves in were truly hellish -- read about the governessing experiences of sisters Eliza and Everina Wollstonecraft and weep.

    The Real-Life Jane Eyres

  • And how an elder sister, who was governessing in Sydney, had chosen just this moment to throw up her post and return to quarter herself upon the brother.

    Australia Felix

  • Of course, the respectable and intelligible path marked out for both of them points to a lifetime of governessing.

    New Grub Street

  • Cupid went a-governessing, and spent the best years of her life in the obscurity of the bush.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • A perfect himp, and if I had the governessing of her for sometime I'd -- I'd -- bah! there's that bell again!

    Naughty Miss Bunny A Story for Little Children

  • Any work was new to her, and governessing in Africa is as different to governessing in England (which is bad enough) as plowing cultivated land is to opening up virgin soil.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

  • Before Mrs. Rolleston left, it was arranged that Bluebell was to make her first essay in governessing on Freddy Rolleston, her Sundays to be spent as often as possible with her mother; and ere another week had passed, she and her effects were transferred to the Maples.

    Bluebell A Novel

  • "Oh, I've simply been governessing them for a few weeks, while Nat and Grace are in Sicily."

    The Glimpses of the Moon

  • And she gave me a very tight hug, and a kiss that transferred all her tears to my face; and I set her down and, taking out my handkerchief, tried to wipe off the traces of my attempt at governessing from her cheeks.

    The Solitary Summer


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