It was not and is not a mere educational task
. Anybody could teach boys trades and give them an elementary education.
The King, although he had been surprised and astonished at the way his commands had been carried out, was very vexed that the stranger should escape with his life, and turning to the two brothers he said, 'He has certainly accomplished the first task
, with the aid no doubt of his diabolical magic; but what shall we give him to do now?
But how slight a consideration was this, when he reflected that the eternal welfare of a whole race of men depended upon his accomplishment of the task
which he had set himself!
So Cowper accepted the task
thus set for him, and began to write.
'Then say you will give me,' said the little man, 'the first little child that you may have when you are queen.' 'That may never be,' thought the miller's daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task
done, she said she would do what he asked.
The latter method of obtaining the desired intelligence was dilatory and unsatisfactory; besides, I had an insurmountable aversion to the idea of engaging myself in my loathsome task
in my father's house while in habits of familiar intercourse with those I loved.
There must be no intermission or slackening in your task
, and that can only be properly carried out by the Countess Radantz and from Dorset House."
Before there was you--and THIS too," he added with a glance towards her waist that she understood-- "I put all my energies into work; now I can't, and I'm ashamed; I do it just as though it were a task
set me, I'm pretending...."
Then Thistle, with a last look on the little friend he loved so well, set forth alone to his long task
It had indeed been an awful strain on him, and had he not been forced to his task
by more than human considerations he could never have gone through with it.
of instruction and surveillance, instead of becoming easier as my charges and I got better accustomed to each other, became more arduous as their characters unfolded.
The noise of soft voices in conversation, and of merry laughter, fell upon his ears ere he had advanced many paces; and raising his eyes higher than was his humble wont, he descried, at no great distance, the five sisters seated on the grass, with Alice in the centre: all busily plying their customary task