38 CHARLES STEWAUT PARNELL [1854-65
of Ms life most important to me.' He was a special favourite with this lady, who speaks of him as quick, interesting to teach, very affectionate to those he loved (a few), reserved to others ; therefore not a great favourite with his companions/ He remained at Yeovil until 1855, and then returned to Avondale. For a time afterwards he was taught by his sister's governess, and later on by a tutor. But he got on with neither. He argued with the governess, defied the tutor, made fun of the clergyman who was engaged to give him religious instruction, and generally infused a spirit of rebellion into the household. Finally he was despatched once more to England, taking up his abode first at the Rev. Mr. Barton's, Kirk Langley, Derbyshire, and next at the Rev. Mr. Wishaw's, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. At both schools he was idle, read little, resisted the authority of the under masters (though submissive to the head of the establishment), disliked his fellow-pupils, and was disliked by them.
On one occasion he was construing a Greek play and mistranslated a word. Wishaw corrected him, but Parncll argued the point. "Wishaw said: 'Well, look the word out in the Lexicon,5 passing the book towards him. Parnell looked into the Lexicon, and saw that it bore out Wishaw's views ; but coolly answered: e Well, the Lexicon says what you say, but I expect the Lexicon is wrong/ He cared only for two things, cricket and mathematics, and was proficient in the game and in the science. Still, he was not popular, either with the masters or the boys, though the one recognised his sharpness and ability and the other his manliness and pluck. Even at school he showed the reserve and aloofness which were among his traits in after years ; and he was always glad when the vacation