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PAPER-WEIGHTS," saw Patty, sucking an injured thumb, "were obviously no longer made for using in tacks. I want I had a hammer." This comment referred to as forth no reaction, and Patty peered down from the head of the step-ladder at her room-mate, who used to be sitting at the flooring dragging sofa-pillows and curtains from a dry-goods field. "Priscilla," she begged, "you are usually not doing something helpful. cross down and ask Peters for a hammer." Priscilla rose reluctantly. "I dare say fifty ladies have already been after a hammer."

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Interest prevailed; the door opened, and a face donning a hunted glance peered out. "Oh, Patty Wyatt, was once that you simply? " she requested. "We inspiration it used to be Frances Stoddard coming right down to have geometry defined, and so we saved nonetheless. are available in. " "Goodness, no; i would not are available over an 'engaged' like that for whatever. i am afraid you are busy. " The freshman grasped her by way of the arm. "Patty, in the event you love us are available in and cheer us up. we are so scared we do not understand what to do. " Patty consented to be drawn around the threshold. "I don't need to break you," she remonstrated, "if you could have something to do. " The learn used to be occupied via 3 women. Patty smiled benignly on the haggard faces prior to her. "Where's girl Clara Vere de Vere? " she requested. "She without doubt isn't really losing those worthwhile final moments in something frivolous. " "She's in her bed room, with a geometry in a single hand and a Greek grammar within the different, attempting to study them either instantly. " "Tell her to come back out right here; i need to provide her a few sturdy advice"; and Patty sat down at the divan and surveyed the dictionary-bestrewn room with an appreciative smile. "Oh, Patty, i am so blissful to determine you! " woman Clara exclaimed, showing within the doorway. "The sophomores were telling us the main dreadful tales approximately examinations. they don't seem to be real, are they? " "Mercy, no! don't think a notice these sophomores inform you. They have been learners themselves final yr, and if the examinations have been as undesirable as they are saying, they would not have handed them, both. " A relieved expression stole over the 3 faces. "You're the sort of convenience, Patty. Upper-classmen take issues simply, do not they? " "One will get inured to just about whatever in time," acknowledged Patty. "Examinations are even unique, if you happen to recognize definitely the right solutions. " "But we will not be aware of definitely the right solutions! " one of many beginners wailed, her terror returning. "We easily do not know whatever, and Latin comes to-morrow, and geometry day after today. " "Oh, good, if so you cannot get via besides, so don't be concerned. you want to take it philosophically, you recognize. " Patty settled herself one of the cushions and smiled upon her fearful auditors with effortless nonchalance. "As an instance of the uselessness of learning on the 11th hour in case you have not performed whatever during the time period, i'm going to inform you my event with freshman Greek. i used to be badly ready while I got here, i did not examine in the course of the time period, and, with out exaggeration, i did not recognize something. 3 days ahead of examinations I without notice comprehended the placement, and that i started swallowing that grammar in chunks. I drank black espresso to maintain wakeful, and labored until eventually within the morning, and scarcely stopped cramming abnormal verbs for foodstuff. I easily concept in Greek and dreamed in Greek. And, in case you will think it, in spite of everything that paintings I flunked in Greek! It shook my religion in learning for examinations. i have by no means performed it on account that, and i have by no means flunked considering that. i feel that it is only a subject of destiny no matter if you get via or now not, so I by no means trouble any further. " The rookies checked out each other disconsolately.

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