Topsy, with great gravity and adroitness, went through the exercise
completely to Miss Ophelia's satisfaction; smoothing the sheets, patting out every wrinkle, and exhibiting, through the whole process, a gravity and seriousness with which her instructress was greatly edified.
Then there were reading exercises
, and a spelling fight.
From that time the exercises
were part of the day's duties as much as the Magic was.
In half an hour more Magdalen had changed her dress; had joined the guests; and had soared into an atmosphere of congratulation high above the reach of any controlling influence that Miss Garth could exercise
Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise
, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away.
Scraps of old copy-books and exercises
litter the dirty floor.
I was pretty good at most exercises
in which countryboys are adepts, but, as I was conscious of wanting elegance of style for the Thames - not to say for other waters - I at once engaged to place myself under the tuition of the winner of a prizewherry who plied at our stairs, and to whom I was introduced by my new allies.
For surely woman never shows to better advantage than in the dainty exercises
of a dainty repast, and there is nothing more thrilling to man than a meal alone with a woman he loves or is about to love.
Athelstane had this quality at least; and though he had few mental accomplishments or talents to recommend him as a leader, he had still a goodly person, was no coward, had been accustomed to martial exercises
, and seemed willing to defer to the advice of counsellors more wise than himself.
Jane, the first to follow her, was anxious as to the strength of the ice; but when reassured, she acquitted herself admirably, for she was proficient in outdoor exercises
, and had the satisfaction of laughing in the field at those who laughed at her in the study.
They are bred up in the principles of honour, justice, courage, modesty, clemency, religion, and love of their country; they are always employed in some business, except in the times of eating and sleeping, which are very short, and two hours for diversions consisting of bodily exercises
I also learnt history, and was instructed in poetry, versification, geography, chronology, and in all the outdoor exercises
in which every prince should excel.