Goodness! Wasn’t there anything she could do? If only she could tell Wanda she hadn’t meant to hurt her feelings. She turned around and stole a glance at Peggy, but Peggy did not look up. She seemed to be studying hard. Well, whether Peggy felt badly or not, she, Maddie, had to do something. She had to find Wanda Petronski. Maybe she had not yet moved away. Maybe Peggy would climb the Heights with her, and they would tell Wanda she had won the contest, that they thought she was smart and the hundred dresses were beautiful.
When school was dismissed in the afternoon, Peggy said, with pretended casualness, “Hey, let’s go and see if that kid has left town or not.”
So Peggy had had the same idea! Maddie glowed. Peg was really all right.
The two girls hurried out of the building, up the street toward Boggins Heights, the part of town that wore such a forbidding air on this kind of a November afternoon, drizzly, damp and dismal.
Maddie then thought there wasn't much she could do. She was the only one who could apologise to Wanda for hurting her emotions. After thinking that, Wanda turned around and had a look at Peggy. But Peggy didn't look at her. She seemed to be studying hard. After seeing that, Maddie doubted herself whether Peggy felt sad or not for treating Wanda in a bad way. Then Maddie thought she had to do something to overcome this hurting feeling. She thought of finding Wanda and had a notion that Wanda may not have left her home. Then she imagined that Peggy would accompany her to climb the hills and reach Boggins Heights. Then she thought she and Peggy would go there and tell Wanda that she had won the drawing competition. In addition, she wished to tell her that Wanda was smart and a hundred dresses she drew were very beautiful.
The class ended in the afternoon. Once the class finished, Peggy went near Maddie and told her to let them go to Boggins Heights to see whether Wanda had left the town. After hearing Peggy's concern, Maddie felt happy. She thought that Peggy also had the same thought as her. Then the two girls came out of the school building. They walked up the street towards Boggins Heights. The part of the town during November month generally seemed wet. In addition to that, the climate was very dull and hopeless.
YCIND_220815_4288_Two girls friends students.png
Peggy and Maddie came out of school
Meanings of the difficult words:
Glance To give a quick short look
ContestA competition to do better than other people, usually in which prizes are given
GlowTo look attractive because you are happy or healthy, especially with eyes that are shining
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). First Flight- The Hundred Dresses I-Eleanor Estes (pp. 73-83). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.