I may mention . . . [a] girl in the preliminary class who had a religious mania. She thought it her mission to join the school in order to dissuade the women from drawing and painting from the slightly-draped male model. She looked upon the whole thing from a diseased point of view. This state of affairs soon got to my ears, and I put the question to her in the presence of the class: "Do you intend to advance to the life-room?" She answered: "Certainly not, and I have a divine mission to prevent the other women from degrading themselves." Of course, she was told to leave the school at once; and the atmosphere was again clear and wholesome. [70-71]

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References

von Herkomer, Sir Hubert. My School and My Gospel. New York: Doubleday, Page, and Co., 1906.


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