Translation with “active vocabulary”
Lowood was a private boarding school for girls whose ages ranged from 9 to 16 years old. The school had a bad press [note], so its students weren’t the cream of society [note]. At one end of the scale there studied [note] girls from a humble background, whose parents were trying to give them the best educational opportunity. At the other end of the scale there were orphans from noble backgrounds, like Jane, whose guardians didn’t see the point in sending them to elitist private schools. The curriculum at Lowood wasn’t [note] diverse, but the lessons didn’t seem tedious or dull to Jane. She was a studious student and easily soaked up [note] everything that she was taught at school. She was mostly interested in the art and music lessons that didn’t rate high on the list of priorities. [note] If life in the school had been confined to just the academic side, Jane would have been happy. But the barrier to the a normal life study [?] at Lowood was the attitude of the principal, Mr. Brocklherst. He was a very gloomy man with a predatory expression, a crashing bore and hypocrite. His opening gambits were to rebuke the teachers and children. He marked almost all the students down as blank, bolshie and virulent [note]. So, Jane was stigmatized as a liar and the other children were forbidden to mix with her. Fortunately, the girls boycotted [note] this order but Jane was afraid to stay in his presence for a fleeting second and all the time tried to find refuge from the principal’s wrath. It was not surprising because the children were severely punished for the most innocent jokes and juvenile pranks. Bigoted as he was, he fanatically stuck to banal ideas and tried to revert to old-fashioned methods. He considered all innovative ideas and the teachers’ attempts to brighten the lessons as a blow below the belt [note] and an attempt to vilify him. Obviously such an attitude demoralized the teachers and the students. Nobody had the nerve to break free from his dictatorship. He was prone to suspiciousness and the teachers weighed their words carefully. But he overplayed his hand, a subtle conspirancy occurred in Lowood in response, and everyone was it on it [note]. The principal was shrewd enough to realize that and it only added to his hatred. His polar [?] was Ms. Templ, who sincerely loved her students. She tried to nurture their thirst for knowledge in them and considered it as her highest priority. Ms. Templ always had a wide range of educational methods on hand and opted for improvisation. Her stories always touched the heart-strings of her students and served to jog their memory. At the same time she allowed children to have their say and a free range to their thoughts. Mr. Brocklherst, on the contrary, behaved as if he monopolized the truth. But she didn’t let the situation get out of control. always took control over the situation and knew how to keep order. She never had to put students in detention. Thanks to her personality Ms. Templ became a role-model for the girls, that put the seal on her success as a teacher. No wonder, Jane, who was the highflyer [note] in Lowood decided to go into teaching.
Jane never claimed credit for her achievements. She realized that luck was with her. Without Ms. Templ she wouldn’t have stood a chance in life. The odds were against her. [note] It was in Lowood, where she realized that she was needed and it made all the difference. She believed that work with children, even though lowly and thankless, was able to compensate for the unfairness of birth and make her day. [note]