writing-master love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who teaches the art of penmanship.
  • noun The yellow bunting, Emberiza citrinella: so named from the irregularly scribbled lines on its eggs. Also called scribbling or writing lark, for the same reason. See cut under yellowhammer.


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  • “Ethel Newcome, by Jove, is capable of running away with the writing-master.”

    The Newcomes

  • Once more she was a fresh-cheeked lass of eighteen; she was at evening church, and the hectic writing-master and she were quavering out of the same psalm-book.

    Vanity Fair

  • “Poor thing! poor thing!” says Briggs (who was thinking of twenty-four years back, and that hectic young writing-master whose lock of yellow hair, and whose letters, beautiful in their illegibility, she cherished in her old desk upstairs).

    Vanity Fair

  • V — — herself, her friendship for this strange French tutor and writing-master who never had any pupils having been observed by many who slightly knew her.

    A Changed Man

  • I do not desire that you should write the labored, stiff character of a writing-master: a man of business must write quick and well, and that depends simply upon use.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • I would therefore advise you to get some very good writing-master at Paris, and apply to it for a month only, which will be sufficient; for, upon my word, the writing of a genteel plain hand of business is of much more importance than you think.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • I have often told you that every man who has the use of his eyes and of his hand, can write whatever hand he pleases; and it is plain that you can, since you write both the Greek and German characters, which you never learned of a writing-master, extremely well, though your common hand, which you learned of a master, is an exceedingly bad and illiberal one; equally unfit for business or common use.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Mr Inspector placed two chairs for his visitors, before the fire, and communed in a low voice with a brother of his order (also of a half-pay, and Royal Arms aspect), who, judged only by his occupation at the moment, might have been a writing-master, setting copies.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • Sometimes these sheets were surrounded with elaborate flourishings of birds, pens, scrolls, etc., such as the writing-master of the last century delighted in; others were headed with copper-plate engravings, sometimes coloured.

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • As the writing-master exhibits with triumph to each departing pupil the uncouth copy which he wrote on entering, so it will be enough to you, if you can appreciate your present powers with your original inabilities.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 41, March, 1861


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