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WHILE the class was circling the room, the monitor from the principal’s office brought Miss Mason a note. Miss Mason read it several times and studied it thoughtfully for a while. Then she clapped her hands.
“Attention, class. Everyone back to their seat.”
When the shuffling of feet had stopped and the room was still and quiet, Miss Mason said, “I have a letter from Wanda’s father that I want to read to you.”
Miss Mason stood there a moment and the silence in the room grew tense and expectant. The teacher adjusted her glasses slowly and deliberately. Her manner indicated that what was coming — this letter from Wanda’s father — was a matter of great importance. Everybody listened closely as Miss Mason read the brief note.
In continuance of the previous lesson, "The Hundred Dresses II" uncovers why Wanda Petronski had not been coming to school.
When the school students were encircling the room and seeing the contest pictures, Miss Mason received a note. The note was brought by a monitor (attender) from the principal's office. After receiving the note, she read it several times. Then she thought about the things mentioned in the letter for a while. Later, she clapped her hands (she did it to make the children pay attention to her). After hearing that, the children standing here and there assembled back to their seats.
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Children looking at the contest pictures

Once the noise of the footsteps was over, and when the class remained silent, Miss Mason told the students that she had a letter. She mentioned that the letter was from Wanda's father and she had to read it for them.
Miss Mason then stood silent for a moment, and the class remained utterly silent due to anxiety. As the teacher asked them to remain silent, students were thinking about what news the teacher would tell them. The teacher then adjusted her spectacles slowly and thoughtfully. Her behaviourism gives a small clue that Wanda's father had written something important in that note. As a result, everyone listened to their teacher while she was reading the letter.
Meanings of the difficult words:
A person or organization whose job is to make certain that something is done properly or honestly
NoteA short piece of writing
ClapStrike the palms of (one's hands) together repeatedly, typically in order to applaud someone or something
ExpectantThinking that something pleasant or exciting is going to happen
DeliberatelyConsciously and intentionally; on purpose
IndicatePoint out; show
Brief Of short duration; not lasting for long
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). First Flight- The Hundred Dresses II-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.