Sunday, October 9, 2011
tales of the hotel st crispian, chapter 32: hyacinth: miss brown to you
horace p sternwall
"stand up straighter please, anne marie. the part of esmeralda calls for forthrightness and standupishness. don't stand there slouching like an upstairs maid who has just finished her weary rounds."
"oh but my ankle is sore, miss dorian. and i am sure you can guess why."
"no, anne marie, i can not guess why. and i am not sure that i want to try."
"because agatha brown bites me on it, that's why!"
"i am sorry but you have to stop telling these ridiculous stories about your classmates. if you want to compete for a part, you will have to behave like a grownup, not a kindergardener."
"but she does bite me, miss dorian, she does! and scratches and pinches me and pulls my hair - she counts on nobody believing it! she is the nastiest thing on two feet! "
"stand up straight, anne marie, and begin esmeralda's speech again, if you please."
"and you always stick up for her - that's the worst part! it's not fair!" anne marie burst into tears.
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