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【KMI-030】青春!ブルマー3みはる

Source global Wall Street Journal     time 2020-02-27 16:44:26
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【KMI-030】青春!ブルマー3みはる �


"Sheoughttobewhipped,"MissMinchinproclaimed."YouSHALLbewhipped,younaughtychild!"

Lavinia,infact,wasspiteful.ShewasinordinatelyjealousofSara.Untilthenewpupil'sarrival,shehadfeltherselftheleaderintheschool.Shehadledbecauseshewascapableofmakingherselfextremelydisagreeableiftheothersdidnotfollowher.Shedomineeredoverthelittlechildren,andassumedgrandairswiththosebigenoughtobehercompanions.Shewasratherpretty,andhadbeenthebest-dressedpupilintheprocessionwhentheSelectSeminarywalkedouttwobytwo,untilSara'svelvetcoatsandsablemuffsappeared,combinedwithdroopingostrichfeathers,andwereledbyMissMinchinattheheadoftheline.This,atthebeginning,hadbeenbitterenough;butastimewentonitbecameapparentthatSarawasaleader,too,andnotbecauseshecouldmakeherselfdisagreeable,butbecausesheneverdid.

Anyonewhohasbeenatschoolwithatellerofstoriesknowswhatthewondermeans--howheorsheisfollowedaboutandbesoughtinawhispertorelateromances;howgroupsgatherroundandhangontheoutskirtsofthefa{}voredpartyinthehopeofbeingallowedtojoininandlisten.Saranotonlycouldtellstories,butsheadoredtellingthem.Whenshesatorstoodinthemidstofacircleandbegantoinventwonderfulthings,hergreeneyesgrewbigandshining,hercheeksflushed,and,withoutknowingthatshewasdoingit,shebegantoactandmadewhatshetoldlovelyoralarmingbytheraisingordroppingofhervoice,thebendandswayofherslimbody,andthedramaticmovementofherhands.Sheforgotthatshewastalkingtolisteningchildren;shesawandlivedwiththefairyfolk,orthekingsandqueensandbeautifulladies,whoseadventuresshewasnarrating.Sometimeswhenshehadfinishedherstory,shewasquiteoutofbreathwithexcitement,andwouldlayherhandonherthin,little,quick-risingchest,andhalflaughasifatherself.

"I'mgladofthat,"saidSara."Itmakesyouthankfulwhenyouareliked.Yes.Wewillbefriends.AndI'lltellyouwhat"--asuddengleamlightingherface--"IcanhelpyouwithyourFrenchlessons."

IfSarahadbeenadifferentkindofchild,thelifesheledatMissMinchin'sSelectSeminaryforthenextfewyearswouldnothavebeenatallgoodforher.Shewastreatedmoreasifshewereadistinguishedguestattheestablishmentthanasifshewereamerelittlegirl.Ifshehadbeenaself-opinionated,domineeringchild,shemighthavebecomedisagreeableenoughtobeunbearablethroughbeingsomuchindulgedandflattered.Ifshehadbeenanindolentchild,shewouldhavelearnednothing.PrivatelyMissMinchindislikedher,butshewasfartooworldlyawomantodoorsayanythingwhichmightmakesuchadesirablepupilwishtoleaveherschool.SheknewquitewellthatifSarawrotetoherpapatotellhimshewasuncomfortableorunhappy,CaptainCrewewouldremoveheratonce.MissMinchin'sopinionwasthatifachildwerecontinuallypraisedandneverforbiddentodowhatsheliked,shewouldbesuretobefondoftheplacewhereshewassotreated.Accordingly,Sarawaspraisedforherquicknessatherlessons,forhergoodmanners,forheramiabilitytoherfellowpupils,forhergenerosityifshegavesixpencetoabeggaroutofherfulllittlepurse;thesimplestthingshedidwastreatedasifitwereavirtue,andifshehadnothadadispositionandacleverlittlebrain,shemighthavebeenaveryself-satisfiedyoungperson.Butthecleverlittlebraintoldheragreatmanysensibleandtruethingsaboutherselfandhercircumstances,andnowandthenshetalkedthesethingsovertoErmengardeastimewenton.

"MissAmelia,"shesaidinalowvoice,"MissMinchinsaysImaytrytomakeherstop--mayI?"

Laviniatossedherheadwithgreatelegance.

SotheyoungerchildrenadoredSara.Morethanonceshehadbeenknowntohaveateaparty,madeupofthesedespisedones,inherownroom.AndEmilyhadbeenplayedwith,andEmily'sownteaserviceused--theonewithcupswhichheldquitealotofmuch-sweetenedweakteaandhadblueflowersonthem.Noonehadseensuchaveryrealdoll'steasetbefore.FromthatafternoonSarawasregardedasagoddessandaqueenbytheentirealphabetclass.

Lottlesatboltupright,andlookedabouther.Shewasapretty,little,curly-headedcreature,andherroundeyeswerelikewetforget-me-nots.Ifhermammahadseenherduringthelasthalf-hour,shemightnothavethoughtherthekindofchildwhooughttoberelatedtoanangel.


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