Laura is grateful to be home for the weekend again. She's finished two weeks of school: she has six more ahead of her.

Ma and Pa both give Laura good advice on managing lazy, naughty Clarence.

Almanzo announces his plan to pick her up next week too. Laura still feels he's a stranger, and they can't talk much because of the cold, and he can't stay when he drops her off because the horses can't stand, sweaty, in the cold wind. 

I'm laughing because Laura rewards the children with copying their spelling lessons on the blackboard instead of their slate - it's hard for me to understand why that is a treat for the children!?

Laura tries to gently help and bond with her struggling pupils. It seems to work!

Thoughts on this brief chapter?

Carrie

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