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MonkeyNotes-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
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Chapter 21

Summary Francie enjoys school, in spite of all the discrimination she must endure. It is the first time in her life that she has felt a part of something big, and it gives her a sense of security. She particularly likes Mr. Morton, her music teacher, for his classroom has a happy, carnival feel to it. Miss Bernstone, the drawing teacher, is also admired for her beautiful dresses and her sweet face. Francie feels that the other teachers dislike Miss Bernstone, for they are jealous of her charm, good looks, and popularity.

Francie says that Mr. Morton and Miss Bernstone are the "gold and silver sun-splash in the great muddy river of school days." She wishes that all her teachers were as nice as the two of them.


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School gives Francie a sense of safety and security. She likes being in a big place and feeling a part of it; it also gives her a respite from the poverty of home. In addition, Francie likes her lesson, for she loves to learn and tries hard in school.

Francie's favorite teachers are Mr. Morton, who teaches music, and Miss Bernstone, who teaches art. Since Francie is a creative person herself, these subjects hold an appeal for her. She also finds that Morton and Bernstone are nice, happy teachers who treat the students with respect.

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