As Mary sat in her Needlework class she could hear the Master's middle classes 'doing History'.
Standing with their toes to a chalked semi-circle on the dusty wooden floor, they were performing their chant-by-rote of the sovereigns of England, while senior boys sat, every head industriously bent in the long desks, doing extra arithmetic and mensuration while the senior girls sewed. They were oblivious of the chant:
|... and on ... and on ... and on|
Florence Mary McDowell, Roses to Rainbows, Belfast, 1972, p. 92.