The story ‘Daffodil and the Thin Place’ is written from the view point of thirteen year old Daffodil, who sees the people of Puckle’s School with 21st century eyes. Just for fun, I thought I’d consider the thought of some of the secondary characters on ‘D-Day’, the day Daffodil arrived in their lives. Previously, I’ve posted When Daffodil Arrived by Mr. Hornsby, the school master. Today, one of the scholars, quiet, little Mary Baker gives her thoughts:
“I couldn’t take my eyes off the new girl when I first saw her. I kept looking down at my brown dress and then at her beautiful skirt and blouse. She had a lovely shawl too, and dainty boots, which looked nothing like anyone else’s footwear. They seemed to do up without laces, as if by magic. And she looked well fed too – not fat, no, not fat at all, but I looked at her wrists and the bones didn’t stick out like mine. There was something very different about her but when Mr. Hornsby introduced her and said her mother came from somewhere near Russia, I thought that explained it. I’ve never been out of Laindon, so what would I know of people from Russia? I felt rather sorry for her though when everyone started laughing at her. It’s not her fault she’s got a very strange name. How many people have you met called Daffodil Lane. She blushed bright red and I sympathised with her. I get embarrassed when everyone looks at me. I’m quite happy when no one notices me – especially Josiah. He’s such a bully. And he knows I won’t complain, so I think he’s particularly cruel to me. I just try to keep out of his way as much as I can. I could see he’d taken a dislike to Daffodil too – well, that’s not surprising, I don’t think I’ve seen him ever be nice to anyone except Mr. and Mrs. Hornsby of course. It wouldn’t do to anger them. But once his schooling is over, I can see a time when he won’t care what anyone says.
When no one is about, I shall try to get to know the new girl although I expect she won’t want much to do with me. She looks quite lost at the moment but I expect she will fit in, in time. I would really like to know more about wherever her mother comes from. How wonderful to have been further than the eye can see from the top of Church Hill!”
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