The Popular Education of France, with Notices of That of Holland and Switzerland Volume N . 1

The Popular Education of France, with Notices of That of Holland and Switzerland Volume N . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...their priests; they were crowded but orderly, and work was carried on very diligently. These catechism classes in the churches are, in fact, the French Sunday school; the Protestants have carried the institution somewhat further; but, as an instrument of secular as well as of religious instruction, it is not of much importance in France. I do not know if the reader will think, as I do, that this visit made without notice to the schools of a country place of my own selection was very satisfactory. I would not have exchanged it for a week of visits made at the choice of the local inspectors. It showed me the everyday life of thousands of spots in the many departments of France; in her thriving departments certainly, but not more thriving than Warwickshire and Lincolnshire are thriving. Of this life it left me with a pleasant impression; an impression which, amidst the many mournful sights and mournful stories of the general life of humanity, I shall not easily lose. We left the Sisters, to whose door the schoolmaster, who, like every one else in the place, lived on good terms with them, had come to join us. I entered the church; there, too, were flowers everywhere, and grateful coolness and shade. We sent the carriage round by the road, and the schoolmaster guided us up and down slopes of grass and vineyards, across a clear brook, to the old castle. The masonry of its keep rises still fresh and unworn out of the reed-grown moat; but all within the walls is a ruin, over which cluster the wild roses. A peasant has made his dwelling where once was the grand entrance; but he has nothing to tell of the castle s history and of the Black Prince. The ploughshare of the Revolution has passed over that feudal age; they are gone, the leopards of more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236617533
  • 9781236617538