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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of Oliver Goldsmith's-' the Village School Master' Review

Summary of Oliver Goldsmith's-' the Village School Master'

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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"The Village School Master is said to be modelled on one Paddy Bryne, Goldsmith's own school-teacher at Lissoy in Ireland. Beside yon; there; straggling fence;falling behind: here the word is used to mean 'still surviving'; that skirts the way; to lie on or along the border of: to border, wrap, or cover with a skirt or something suggesting a skirt in appearance or function: to pass along or around the border or edge of: to avoid, go around the edge of, or keep distant from (something that is controversial, risky, etc.): to remove low-grade wool and foreign matter from (the outer edge of fleece): to be or lie on or along the edge of something: to move along or around the border of something: with blossom furze; a spiny shrub with fragrant yellow flowers: any spiny shrub of the genus Ulex,  of the legume family, native to the Old World, esp. U. europaeus,  having rudimentary leaves and yellow flowers and growing in waste places and sandy soil: Also called furze; especially British , whin: unprfitably gay; because there is no one to appreciate their beauty and fragrance.
              There in his noisy mansion;here it is a symbolic description of the residence of the village school master: a very large, impressive, or stately residence:manor house: an abode or dwelling place; who is skilled to rule; having skill; trained or experienced in work that requires skill: showing, involving, or requiring skill, as certain work; the village school master taught his little school. He was a severe man with a stern look; firm, strict, or uncompromising: stern discipline: hard, harsh, or severe: a stern reprimand: rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character: stern times: grim or forbidding in aspect: a stern face. Goldsmith knew him well and so did every truant; a student who stays away from school without permission: a person who shirks or neglects his or her duty.
                If only the boding tremblers; those who trembled in fear, expecting punishment ( the students of his school): a foreboding; omen: foreboding; ominous; learned to trace their disaster for the day in his morning face. He had many jokes and they laughed loudly and completely at his jokes, when he cracked one, with counterfeited glee; their joy was only pretended and not real; the full and complete whispering circle starts among his pupils when he frowned and conveyed the dismal tidings; bad news. Though he was severe in aught; in any degree; at all; in any respect; yet he was akind hearted man. The love he had for teaching was infathomable and his in born talent.
                 All the people in the village acknowledge his immeasurable in depth knowledge. Not only could he write but he could cipher too; to use figures or numerals arithmetically: to write in or as in cipher: to calculate numerically; figure: to convert into cipher. He could measure lands in terms and tides presage; a presentiment or foreboding: something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication: prophetic significance; augury: foresight; prescience: a forecast or prediction: to have a presentiment of: to portend, foreshow, or foreshadow: to forecast; predict.
to make a prediction: to have a presentiment. Even the story that he narrated to his students, he could gauge; to determine the exact dimensions, capacity, quantity, or force of; measure: to appraise, estimate, or judge: to make conformable to a standard: to mark or measure off; delineate.
                In debates and arguments too, the parson; a member of the clergy, esp. a Protestant minister; pastor; rector: the holder or incumbent of a parochial benefice, esp. an Anglican; could not overlook his skill. For even though he has been vanquished; to conquer or subdue by superior force, as in battle; 
to defeat in any contest or conflict; be victorious over: to vanquish one's opponent in an argument: to overcome or overpower; he could still argue.The gazing rustics; a country person,an unsophisticated country person; circled around him while he used unusual words from a higher level of vocabolary, in a sterner tone of voice. Still they gazed and wondered in the manner of how his small head could contain the vast knowledge of his learning.
Published: July 02, 2010   
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