The thing I enjoy about the schoolmistress in this Lupus caning scene is that she’s not so much stern as administrative in her demeanor — she’s got real teaching paperwork to do, this is an interruption of her routine, it’s necessary but unpleasant, and she regrets that these smart and promising girls can’t seem to stay focused on learning. Her only desire is to get this done smoothly and professionally:
You’ll note her professionalism extends to a thorough marking of students who require punishment. Don’t think it doesn’t!
Image credits: Lupus.