The Parents

WhenMissHoneyemergedfromtheHeadmistress’sstudy,mostofthechildrenwereoutsideintheplayground.Herfirstmovewastogoroundtothevariousteacherswhotaughttheseniorclassandborrowfromthemanumberoftext-books,booksonalgebra,geometry,French,EnglishLiteratureandthelike.ThenshesoughtoutMatildaandcalledherintotheclassroom.

"Thereisnopoint",shesaid,"inyousittinginclassdoingnothingwhileIamteachingtherestoftheformthetwo-timestableandhowtospellcatandratandmouse.SoduringeachlessonIshallgiveyouoneofthesetext-bookstostudy.AttheendofthelessonyoucancomeuptomewithyourquestionsifyouhaveanyandIshalltrytohelpyou.Howdoesthatsound?"

"Thankyou,MissHoney,"Matildasaid."Thatsoundsfine."

"Iamsure,"MissHoneysaid,"thatwe’llbeabletogetyoumovedintoamuchhigherformlateron,butforthemomenttheHeadmistresswishesyoutostaywhereyouare."

"Verywell,MissHoney,"Matildasaid."Thankyousomuchforgettingthosebooksforme."

Whatanicechildsheis,MissHoneythought.Idon’tcarewhatherfathersaidabouther,sheseemsveryquietandgentletome.Andnotabitstuckupinspiteofherbrilliance.Infactshehardlyseemsawareofit.

Sowhentheclassreassembled,Matildawenttoherdeskandbegantostudyatext-bookongeometrywhichMissHoneyhadgivenher.Theteacherkepthalfaneyeonherallthetimeandnoticedthatthechildverysoonbecamedeeplyabsorbedinthebook.Sheneverglanceduponceduringtheentirelesson.

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