- From monitor + -ess. (Wiktionary)
“I thank Heaven, that hath taught me better thoughts than my own vanity suggested, through the medium of so kind a monitress.”
“Here is a question I received in the Q& A box that I keep in the library: As a student at Motswasele I have found that if a teacher can choose you to be the leader like monitor/ monitress student they start rumours or being jealous talking about your self.”
“She, my monitress, my guide, my counsel, gone, for ever gone! by whose advice and instructions I hoped to acquit myself tolerably in the state to which I could not avoid entering.”
“For, alas! my stay, my adviser, my monitress, my directress, is gone! — for ever gone! —”
“But it is so discouraging a thing to have my monitress so very good! —”
“Margaret, with feigned simplicity, but far from being sorry at heart, that she had found an indirect mode of mortifying her monitress.”
“Thus, upon the whole, the little maiden was disposed to submit, though not without some wincing, to the grave admonitions of the Lady Hermione; and the rather that the mystery annexed to the person of her monitress was in her mind early associated with a vague idea of wealth and importance, which had been rather confirmed than lessened by many accidental circumstances which she had noticed since she was more capable of observation.”
“‘Caroline,’ said the stern monitress, ‘you are already learning to laugh at principles which have been dear to you since you left your mother’s breast.”
“- 'Why, it is my daily pleasure now to look out for the little cottage bonnet and the silk scarf glancing through the trees in the lane, and to know that my quiet, shrewd, thoughtful companion and monitress is coming back to me: that I shall have her sitting in the room to look at, to talk to, or to let alone, as she and I please.”
“Ah!' said the monitress, shaking her head and heaving a deep sigh.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
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