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  • I wish Mr Duncan (and Mr Obama when he is wearing his mortar-board) the very best of luck as they try to tackle the gigantic task ahead.

    Duncan: Smart Is Cooler Than Ever - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • There were also numerous photographs of Alexander Fitzpatrick as a young child and teenager; even one when he was wearing a mortar-board and gown.

    Deadly Intent

  • In her honor, du Maurier drew a cartoon of Mr Punch tipping his mortar-board as Agnata enters a first-class railway compartment labelled Ladies Only with the text ‘Honour to Agnata Frances Ramsay’.

    Agnata Frances Ramsay

  • “I say,” he said with a fearful sense of his temerity, and raising his mortar-board awkwardly as though he was passing a funeral.

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • At twenty-five minutes to six he put the book back in the window-sill, dashed a few crumbs from his jacket, assumed a mortar-board cap that was lying on the tea-caddy, and went forth to his evening “preparation duty.”

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • The hall with its insistent scholastic suggestions, its yellow marbled paper, its long rows of hat-pegs, its disreputable array of umbrellas, a broken mortar-board and a tattered and scattered Principia, seemed dim and dull in contrast with the luminous stir of the early March evening outside.

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • Mr. Lewisham raised his mortar-board, and to his astonishment Mr. Bonover responded with a markedly formal salute — mock clerical hat sweeping circuitously — and the regard of a searching, disapproving eye, and so passed.

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • Every one stood up as, headed by the mace of office, the procession slowly filed into the theater, under the leadership of Lord Curzon, in all the glory of his robes of office, the long black gown heavily embroidered with gold, the gold-tasseled mortar-board, and the medals on his breast forming an admirable setting, thoroughly in keeping with the dignity and bearing of the late Viceroy of India.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Andrew Carnegie also spoke, and Colonel Harvey, and as the speaking ended Robert Porter stepped up behind Clemens and threw over his shoulders the scarlet Oxford robe which had been surreptitiously brought, and placed the mortar-board cap upon his head, while the diners vociferated their approval.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • "Just for the purposes of elimination, the man in the mortar-board isn't you by any chance?"

    Hard Frost

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