The Practice

Matildafoundthehouseemptyasusual.Herfatherwasnotyetbackfromwork,hermotherwasnotyetbackfrombingoandherbrothermightbeanywhere.Shewentstraightintotheliving-roomandopenedthedrawerofthesideboardwheresheknewherfatherkeptaboxofcigars.Shetookoneoutandcarriedituptoherbedroomandshutherselfin.

Nowforthepractice,shetoldherself.It’sgoingtobetoughbutI’mdeterminedtodoit.

HerplanforhelpingMissHoneywasbeginningtoformbeautifullyinhermind.Shehaditnowinalmosteverydetail,butintheenditalldependeduponherbeingabletodooneveryspecialthingwithhereye-power.Sheknewshewouldn’tmanageitrightaway,butshefeltfairlyconfidentthatwithagreatdealofpracticeandeffort,shewouldsucceedintheend.Thecigarwasessential.Itwasperhapsabitthickerthanshewouldhaveliked,buttheweightwasaboutright.Itwouldbefineforpractisingwith.

Therewasasmalldressing-tableinMatilda’sbedroomwithherhairbrushandcombonitandtwolibrarybooks.Sheclearedthesethingstoonesideandlaidthecigardowninthemiddleofthedressing-table.Thenshewalkedawayandsatontheendofherbed.Shewasnowabouttenfeetfromthecigar.

Shesettledherselfandbegantoconcentrate,andveryquicklythistimeshefelttheelectricitybeginningtoflowinsideherhead,gatheringitselfbehindtheeyes,andtheeyesbecamehotandmillionsoftinyinvisiblehandsbeganpushingoutlikesparkstowardsthecigar.

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