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The Brodie set did not for a moment doubt that she would prevail. As soon expect Julius Caesar to apply for a job at a crank school as Miss Brodie. She would never resign. If the authorities wanted to get rid of her she would have to be assassinated. It is important to recognise the years of one's prime, always remember that. Here is my tram car. I daresay I'll not get a seat. The age of chivalry is past.
On the way through the school corridors they passed the headmistress's study. The door was wide open, the room was empty. It depicted a man's big face. Underneath were the words "Safety First. Goodness, Truth and Beauty come first. Follow me. Taking inward note of this, and with the exhilarating feeling of being in on the faint smell of row, without being endangered by it, they followed dangerous Miss Brodie into the secure shade of the elm.
Often, that sunny autumn, when the weather permitted, the small girls took their lessons seated on three benches arranged about the elm. If there are any intruders, we are doing our history lesson. English grammar. I will tell you about care of the skin, and of the hands. Who is the greatest Italian painter? The answer is Giotto, he is my favourite. One's prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognise your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.
You must then live it to the full. Mary, what have you got under your desk, what are you looking at? She was too stupid ever to tell a lie, she didn't know how to cover up. How old are you? Give it to me.
Perceiving all eyes upon it she lifted it out of the basket, tore it up beyond redemption and put it back again. One's prime is the moment one was born for.
Now that my prime has begun — Sandy, your attention is wandering. What have I been talking about?
Meantime I will tell you a little of my life when I was younger than I am now, though six years older than the man himself. It was one of the last autumn dayswhen the leaves were falling in little gusts. They fell on the children who were thankful for this excuse to wriggle and for the allowable movements in brushing the leaves from their hair and laps.
I was engaged to a young man at the beginning of the War but he fell on Flanders Field," said Miss Brodie. I won't have to do with girls who roll up the sleeves of their blouses, however fine the weather.
Roll them down at once, we are civilized beings. He fell the week before Armistice was declared.
When we go indoors we shall look on the map at Flanders, and the spot where my lover was laid before you were born. He was poor. He came from Ayrshire, a countryman, but a hardworking and clever scholar. He said, when he asked me to marry him, "We shall have to drink water and walk slow. The two kiss once, as witnessed by Monica Douglas, but Miss Brodie soon renounces her love for Teddy Lloyd, as he is married with six children.
Instead, she commences an affair with the unmarried Mr. Lowther during a two-week leave of absence although she claims that her absence is due to illness. Sandy falls in love with the idea of this policewoman, and imagines that she is on the police force alongside her, with the purpose of preventing sex altogether. She also imagines that she and her invented policewoman should investigate the love affair between Miss Brodie and Mr.
Nonetheless, the girls retain their group identity as the Brodie set, even though they have nothing in common save being picked out by Miss Brodie, whom they visit extracurricularly as they did as students at the Junior school, going with her to the ballet and the like. Consequently, Miss Mackay attempts to pump the Brodie girls for incriminating facts about their former teacher that might allow her to dismiss Miss Brodie.
Miss Mackay also attempts to break the Brodie set up. Both attempts fail; the Brodie girls are unflaggingly loyal to their beloved teacher and to the principles of individualism, love, and loyalty she instilled in them. Lowther continues; when the sewing teachers at Blaine, the sisters Miss Ellen and Alison Kerr , begin to work as housekeepers for Mr. Lowther up. She asks them often about Mr.
Lloyd, for several of the girls, especially Rose Stanley, have begun to sit for portraits with their art teacher. Miss Brodie especially enjoys hearing about how each face Mr.
Lloyd paints strangely resembles her own. One day in Mr. Lloyd himself, glaring at him insolently; Mr. As the girls grow from thirteen to fourteen, fourteen to fifteen, Miss Brodie determines that she can trust Sandy absolutely as her informant and confidant.
Miss Brodie is also becoming increasingly fixated on the idea that Rose—as the most instinctual of the Brodie set and famous for sex although Rose has no interest in sex —should have a love affair with Mr. Miss Brodie additionally plans on Sandy being her informant regarding the affair. Indeed, so fixated does Miss Brodie become on this strange plan that she neglects Mr. Miss Brodie, however, will. Swiftly and shockingly, Joyce Emily does so, only to be killed when the train she is traveling in is attacked.
The school holds a remembrance service for her. The Brodie girls, having turned seventeen and upon entering their final year at Blaine, begin to drift apart.