As they crossed the inner hall, the dean of studies was in the act of escaping from the student with whom he had been conversing. Lessons, in this agitation, certainly suffered some delay; I reflected that my first duty was, by the gentlest arts I could contrive, to win the child into the sense of knowing me. Don't I tell you he's provincial of the order now? --I never liked the idea of sending him to the christian brothers myself, said Mrs Dedalus. Grose, had she been present, might have looked in vain for proof that anything was "out.