A school where boys were taken in and done for by a Mr.
Squeers, a puffing, ignorant,
over-bearing brute, who starved them and taught them nothing. (
It is said that Mr. Squeers is a caricature of Mr. Shaw, a Yorkshire schoolmaster; but Mr. Shaw was a kind-hearted man, and his boys were well fed, happy, and not ill-taught. Like Squeers he had only one eye, and like Squeers he had a daughter. It is said that his school was ruined by Dickens's caricature.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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