By L. A. Meyer
Everything she does is inaccurate. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her desk manners--disgusting! Then there is the small subject of her blue anchor tattoo. . . .
Despite her top efforts, Jacky can not seem to remain out of difficulty lengthy adequate to devote herself to being ladylike. yet what enjoyable could that be, anyway?
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I laugh out loud, loud enough for Clarissa's table to hear. Good. Let them know I am not cowed. " And I've got that old feelin' in the bottom of my gut. " she asks, all mystified. " "Oh," she says, and looks over to the teacher table. "Well, we cannot leave until Mistress does, but it should be soon. Ah. There she goes. " With that, she gives her lips one last pat with her cloth and rises. I pat my own mouth and follow her out of the dining room, book on head, lips together, teeth apart. Amy leads me back upstairs and through the dormitory room to a door at the other end.
My name's Jacky Faber and I've just come from"—and then I remember that I promised Mistress that I wouldn't say nothin' about my past life to any of these girls so's they don't faint dead away at the unseemliness of it all or something—"from far away to study at this school and so become a fine lady. " I'm lookin' real hungrily at the bread roll sittin' there next to the butter but I notices that nobody else is diggin' in yet, so I waits. "My name is Amy and there is to be a soup course," she says.
She notes my confusion. " Oh. That. "Yes, Mistress," I stammers. If only just barely, I thinks, but I don't say it out loud. She is silent for a bit and then says, "Very well. I choose to believe you on that. I would not take you if I believed otherwise. It is reassuring that you can still blush, at least. You will, however, never speak with the other girls of your past life, as it smacks of the sordid and the unseemly. " Her gaze has never once left my face. "I have grave misgivings about taking you on as a student, given your origins and past life, but we shall see.