"the same as that of the Dutch school-master in The Vicar of Wakefield"

   A reference to the passage in a popular sentimental novel of late 18th-century England in which the titular Vicar's son George is denied a teaching post by the principal of a university.   A further example of Clerval's oddly British taste in literature (See note to page 21).

Online edition of Oliver Goldsmith's 'The Vicar of Wakefield', (1766)