The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Harper Collins, 1961 - Fiction - 150 pages
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The elegantly styled classic story of a young, unorthodox teacher and her special--and ultimately dangerous--relationship with six of her students.

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User Review  - MichaelDC - LibraryThing

Great writer, and I can appreciate why she is so well-renowned. Something about her style, a kind of coldness, maybe, doesn't quite grab me, but that's only a personal preference and not any lack of skill on her part. Read full review

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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

I purchased this collection of writings by Muriel Spark by virtue of its inclusion in Everyman’s Library list of 100 essential books. Included are The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender ... Read full review


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Page 100 - The Lord, ye know, is God indeed, Without our aid He did us make: We are His flock, He doth us feed And for his sheep He doth us take.
Page 20 - In the stormy east-wind straining, The pale yellow woods were waning, The broad stream in his banks complaining, Heavily the low sky raining Over...
Page 3 - She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces thro' the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide ; The mirror crack'd from side to side ; ' The curse is come upon me,
Page 93 - March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale, Why the deil dinna ye march forward in order? March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale, All the Blue Bonnets are bound for the Border. Many a banner spread. Flutters above your head, Many a crest that is famous in story ; Mount and make ready then, Sons of the mountain glen, Fight for the Queen and...
Page 101 - For why ? the LORD our GOD is good, His Mercy is for ever sure ; His Truth at all times firmly stood, And shall from age to age endure.
Page 129 - She thinks she is Providence, thought Sandy, she thinks she is the God of Calvin, she sees the beginning and the end.
Page 31 - It occurred to Sandy, there at the end of the Middle Meadow Walk, that the Brodie set was Miss Brodie's fascisti, not to the naked eye, marching along, but all knit together for her need and in another way, marching along.
Page 49 - that springs frae the dews o' the lawn, The shepherd to warn o' the grey-breaking dawn, And thou mellow mavis that hails the night fa', Give over for pity — my Nanie 's awa. Come Autumn sae pensive, in yellow and gray, And soothe me wi' tidings o' nature's decay; The dark, dreary Winter, and wild-driving snaw, Alane can delight me — now Nanie 's awa.
Page 20 - Did she look to Camelot. And at the closing of the day She loosed the chain, and down she lay; The broad stream bore her far away, The Lady of Shalott.
Page 8 - One's prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize 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?

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Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006) wrote more than twenty books, including Memento Mori, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, and Symposium.

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