Silence! The Court is in Session

by

Vijay Tendulkar

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A female teacher. However, the term suggests an older, conservative, and strict woman.

Schoolmarm Quotes in Silence! The Court is in Session

The Silence! The Court is in Session quotes below are all either spoken by Schoolmarm or refer to Schoolmarm. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Silence! The Court is in Session published in 1996.
Act One Quotes

BENARE. In school, when the first bell rings, my foot’s already on the threshold. I haven't heard single reproach for not being on time these past eight years. Nor about my teaching. I’m never behindhand with my lessons! Exercises corrected on time, too! Not a bit of room for disapproval—I don’t give an inch of it to any one!

SAMANT. You're a schoolmarm, it seems?

BENARE. No, a teacher! Do I seem the complete schoolmarm to you? SAMANT. No, no… I didn’t mean it like that…

BENARE. Say it if you like...

SAMANT. But I didn’t say it at all! A schoolmarm just means … someone who—teaches—instructs!—children—that’s what I meant to say...

BENARE. They’re so much better than adults. At least they don’t have that blind pride of thinking they know everything. There’s no nonsense stuffed in their heads. They don’t scratch you till you bleed, then run away like cowards.

Related Characters: Benare (speaker), Samant (speaker), Ponkshe
Page Number: 57
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Schoolmarm Term Timeline in Silence! The Court is in Session

The timeline below shows where the term Schoolmarm appears in Silence! The Court is in Session. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One
Women’s Roles in Society Theme Icon
Middle Class Status, Tradition, and Propriety  Theme Icon
Guilt and Innocence  Theme Icon
Samant asks if Benare is a schoolmarm but she corrects him, preferring to call herself a teacher. She tells Samant how she... (full context)
Act Two
Women’s Roles in Society Theme Icon
Middle Class Status, Tradition, and Propriety  Theme Icon
Sukhatme grills Ponkshe on his relationship to Benare. Ponkshe describes her as a “schoolmarm” which Benare protests as she is “still quite young!” When she interrupts again Kashikar reminds... (full context)