CBSE Revision Notes for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 6 The Hundred Dresses – II
In the second part of the story, Wanda leaves the school without any prior information. She does not even attend the school when she was being announced a winner of the drawing contest. Her father writes a letter about the reason. The students feel ashamed for their behaviour especially Peggy and Maddie. They both realise their mistake and write a letter to her in a friendly manner. Wanda replies and requests Miss Mason to give her two drawings to Peggy and Maddie.
About the Characters
Wanda Petronski A poor polish girl with a funny name, wears same blue dress always, boasts of having a hundred dresses.
Peggy Always teases Wanda, creates a game to ask Wanda about dresses, different from others, never made Wanda cry by teasing, the most popular and pretty girl in the school.
Maddie Always teases Wanda, does not want others to tease her, very close friend of Peggy, a poor girl but never boasts like Wanda.
Miss Mason Their class teacher, who helps the students and supports them.
Mr Petronski Wanda’s father who wrote the letter to Miss Mason about Wanda’s absence in the school.
OVERVIEW OF THE CHAPTER
Letter to Miss Mason from Wanda’s Father
When everybody was praising Wanda’s art and drawings of a hundred dresses made by her, a notice from the principal came. Everybody was asked to assemble. Miss Mason announced that she had a letter from Wanda’s father and she would read it loudly before the class.
Miss Mason Read the Letter
Mrs Mason read the letter in which Mr Petronski, Wanda’s father told about Wanda’s absence and informed that she was leaving the school because she is fed up of all the bullying that was going on. He informed that their family was going to settle in a big city, where people are not going to laugh or tease them for their name which everyone considered funny.
Miss Mason’s Reaction to the Letter
When Miss Mason finished the letter, she understood the matter and asked everyone not to hurt anyone’s feelings due to his or her name. She asked them to think about this matter. As Mr Petronski hadn’t blamed anyone, the students of the class felt ashamed.
Peggy and Maddie’s Reaction
When Miss Mason left the class, everybody was silent and feeling ashamed of their behaviour towards Wanda. Though Wanda’s father hadn’t blamed them but Peggy and Maddie were guilty of their behaviour. Maddie was very upset though she never teased Wanda directly. She remained a silent spectator and never stopped Peggy. Peggy who teased Wanda everytime also felt ashamed and both of them decided to go to her home to seek forgiveness.
Repentance of Peggy and Maddle
After the school was over, both Peggy and Maddie went to Wanda’s house at Boggins Heights. Peggy still believed that she hadn’t done any harm but Wanda had taken it otherwise.
Wanda’s house had a worn-down look but was neat and clean just like her faded blue dress. But the family had already left.
Maddie was very upset and felt that she would never be able to express her gratitute to Wanda.
A Friendly Letter to Wanda from Peggy and Maddie
Peggy tried to defend herself although she felt sorry for her behaviour. She said if she hadn’t teased Wanda about her hundred dresses, she would not have got such an idea to draw the dresses and won the contest.
But Maddie decided that she would never be silent and oppose others against teasing anyone even if she had to loose her friend. They wrote a letter, telling her about the result of drawing competition. They meant to ask forgiveness for their rude and mean behaviour by doing so.
Maddie and Peggy waited long for Wanda’s reply to their friendly letter. After few months, they got the reply addressed to Miss Mason. She asked Miss Mason to give the drawing of the green dress to Peggy and the blue one to Maddie. She told her that she had joined a new school but missed her old school and her teacher.
Maddie ran through thoughts about the events and pinned the dress on her wall. She could see her face in that dress. She ran over to Peggy’s home and they both looked at the green dress with red trimming so that they could see Peggy’s face in it. Maddie started to cry remembering all the insulting statements she passed for Wanda. Peggy consoled her.
- Miss Mason makes the classroom fully attentive before reading out the letter by Wanda’s father informing about her absence.
- The Petronski family decides to settle in a big city to avoid the humiliation of Wanda at the school.
- Everybody got shocked after listening to the letter of Mr Petronski.
- Every student felt sorry for Wanda.
- Maddie was very upset and couldn’t concentrate on her studies.
- Maddie felt herself coward as she never stopped Peggy from making fun of Wanda.
- Maddie and Peggy went to find Wanda at her house at Boggins heights.
- They could not meet her as she had already left the place with her family.
- Peggy tried to defend her behaviour but Maddie was not happy for all of that.
- Peggy and Maddie wrote a letter to Wanda telling her she had won the contest.
- Wanda did not reply for a long time.
- Wanda wrote a letter to Miss Mason to give her drawings to the girls as she had new ones at her home.
- She missed her old school and her teacher.
- She wanted to gift special drawing to Peggy and Maddie, a green dress and a blue one respectively.
- Maddie found her own face in the drawing she got from Miss Mason sketched by Wanda.
- She rushed to Peggy’s house to tell that.
- Both Peggy and Maddie’ found Peggy’s face in the green dress gifted to Peggy.
- Maddie cried for her behaviour and promised herself not to be a silent spectator anymore ever if she was to lose her close friend.
- Peggy consoled her by saying that Wanda liked them.
- Maddie agreed and blinked away the tears that came every time she thought of Wanda Petronski.
The given page nos. correspond to the pages in the precribed textbook.
|circling||taking a round|
|clapped her hands|
|shuffling||beating the floor by the feet|
|tense and expectant||sgfious and hopeful|
|listened closely||heard with attention|
|pollack||meaningless word suggesting anger|
|coward||lacking courage, timid|
|mean||very low in mentality|
|stole a glance||looked secreatly|
|trimming||decorating, making small and neat|
|equalise||to become equal|
|grocery||where things of household use are sold|
|stacked||kept, arranged neatly in a pile|
|cornucopias||decorative containers having flowers and fruits etc|
|pinned||put with a pin|
|blurred||made eyesight unclear|
|clattered up||walked with|
|stolidly||not showing any feeling|
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