Entrance Exam Set 1 English

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      1. Is there a little girl called jane eyre here she asked

      2. I answered “Yes,” and was then lifted out; my trunk was handed down, and the coach

      3. instantly drove away.


      4. I was stiff with long sitting, and bewildered with the noise and motion of the coach.

      5. Gathering my faculties, I looked about me. Rain, wind, and darkness filled the air;

      6. nevertheless, I dimly discerned a wall before me and a door open in it; through this

      7. door I passed with my new guide: she shut and locked it behind her. There was now

      8. visible a house or houses—for the building spread far—with many windows, and

      9. lights burning in some; we went up a broad pebbly path, splashing wet, and were

      10. admitted at a door; then the servant led me through a passage into a room with a fire,

      11. where she left me alone.


      12. I stood and warmed my numbed fingers over the blaze, then I looked round; there was

      13. no candle, but the uncertain light from the hearth showed, by intervals, papered walls,

      14. carpet, curtains, shining mahogany furniture: it was a parlour, not so spacious or

      15. splendid as the drawing-room at Gateshead, but comfortable enough. I was puzzling

      16. to make out the subject of a picture on the wall, when the door opened, and an

      17. individual carrying a light entered; another followed close behind.


      18. The first was a tall lady with dark hair, dark eyes, and a pale and large forehead; her

      19. figure was partly enveloped in a shawl, her countenance was grave, her bearing erect.

      20. the child is very young to be sent alone said she putting her candle down on the

      21. table

      22. She considered me attentively for a minute or two, then further added—

      23. “She had better be put to bed soon; she “looks tired: are you tired?” she asked, placing

      24. her hand on my shoulder.

      25. “A little, ma’am.”

      26. “And hungry too, no doubt: let her have some supper before she goes to bed, Miss

      27. Miller. Is this the first time you have left your parents to come to school, my little

      28. girl?”


      29. I explained to her that I had no parents. She inquired how long they had been dead:

      30. then how old I was, what was my name, whether I could read, write, and sew a little:

      31. then she touched my cheek gently with her forefinger, and saying, “She hoped I

      32. should be a good child,” dismissed me along with Miss Miller.


      33. The lady I had left might be about twenty-nine; the one who went with me appeared

      34. some years younger: the first impressed me by her voice, look, and air. Miss Miller

      35. was more ordinary; ruddy in complexion, though of a careworn countenance; hurried

      36. in gait and action, like one who had always a multiplicity of tasks on hand: she

      37. looked, indeed, what I afterwards found she really was, an under-teacher. Led by her,

      38. I passed from compartment to compartment, from passage to passage, of a large and

      39. irregular building; till, emerging from the total and somewhat dreary silence pervading

      40. that portion of the house we had traversed, we came upon the hum of many voices,

      41. and presently entered a wide, long room, with great deal tables, two at each end, on

      42. each of which burnt a pair of candles, and seated all round on benches, a congregation

      43. of girls of every age, from nine or ten to twenty. Seen by the dim light of the candles,

      44. their number to me appeared countless, though not in reality exceeding eighty; they

      45. were uniformly dressed in brown stuff frocks of quaint fashion, and long Holland

      46. pinafores. It was the hour of study; they were engaged in conning over their

      47. to-morrow’s task, and the hum I had heard was the combined result of their whispered

      48. repetitions.


      49. Miss Miller signed to me to sit on a bench near the door, then walking up to the top of

      50. the long room she cried out—


      51. “Monitors, collect the lesson-books and put them away!”


      52. Four tall girls arose from different tables, and going round, gathered the books and

      53. removed them. Miss Miller again gave the word of command—


      54. “Monitors, fetch the supper-trays!”


      55. The tall girls went out and returned presently, each bearing a tray, with portions of

      56. something, I knew not what, arranged thereon, and a pitcher of water and mug in the

      57. middle of each tray. The portions were handed round; those who liked took a draught

      58. of the water, the mug being common to all. When it came to my turn, I drank, for I

      59. was thirsty, but did not touch the food, excitement and fatigue rendering me incapable

      60. of eating: I now saw, however that it was a thin oaten cake shared into fragments.


      61. The meal over, prayers were read by Miss Miller, and the classes filed off, two and

      62. two, upstairs. Overpowered by this time with weariness, I scarcely noticed what sort

      63. of a place the bedroom was, except that, like the schoolroom, I saw it was very long.

      64. To-night I was to be Miss Miller’s bed-fellow; she helped me to undress: when laid

      65. down I glanced at the long rows of beds, each of which was quickly filled with two

      66. occupants; in ten minutes the single light was extinguished, and amidst silence and

      67. complete darkness I fell asleep.