"I heard that Miss Creakle was regarded by the school in general as being in love with Steerforth"
Fanny Squeers approaches Nicholas Nickleby
Public DomainFanny Squeers approaches Nicholas Nickleby

This echoes a plot detail in Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), in which Fanny Squeers, the daughter of the schoolmaster, falls unrequitedly in love with the protagonist.