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Alice sits in the room with blackboard and easel and small desk and small chair with Nanny stern and strict ointin! at the blackboard with her stick teachin! her her letters the !rammar ara!ra hs sentences by lon! rote and command and Alice knows now that any ca"se o# Nanny$s discontent will brin! her "nishment her #ather$s hard hand smacks whack and whack she sits still takin! note b"t bored she stares o"t hi!h windows at
tall tree to s and bl"e skies thinkin! o# her mother locked away %ill in her head Nanny coldly said& then she thinks o# her new ado ti'e mother who works below stairs%low stairs her #ather o#ten says& the one with the red raw #in!ers thin and yo"n! who secretly said she wo"ld be her new ado ted mother b"t to stri'e to learn to do her best and so she does b"t thinks o# the time when lessons are o'er she can sneak down below stairs
and alon! assa!eways to where her ado ti'e new mother works and #eel her embrace her earthy smell her so#t cheek a!ainst that ro"!h cloth o# a ron the red #in!ers caressin! her lon! hair whis erin! words b"t still the nanny drones on the lesson now takin! its toll boredom sinkin! in wishin! her ado ti'e mother wo"ld come and take her away #or a walk to the horse stables or into town holdin! her hand the red
hand holdin! her ink one or dreams o# sn"!!lin! " to her in her bed #eelin! her motherly tender warmth b"t Nanny still drones on the lon! lesson word on word kee in! her #rom the arms and caress and earthy smell o# cloth o# her new ado ti'e yo"n! mother below stairs Alice yawns secretly her small hand o'er mo"th knowin! this blowin! so#t #rom her alm to her yo"n! ado ti'e mother a secret kiss.