• | 1 | Leaving Gateshead Hall

  • Narrator

    It was too rainy for a walk that day.

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  • The Reed children were all in the drawing room, sitting by the fire.

  • I was alone in another room, looking at a picture book.

  • I sat in the window seat, hoping that no one would disturb me, when John Reed rudely barged in.

  • He looked about the room and said,

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    John

    “Where in the dickens is Jane?

  • Eliza!

  • Georgiana!

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    Narrator

    Tell Mama that Jane must have run out into the rain—

  • bad animal!”

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    Eliza

    “She’s in the window seat,”

  • Narrator

    Eliza said.

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  • I came out immediately, for I trembled at the idea of being dragged out by John.

  • John Reed was 14—

  • four years older than I. He was large for his age and a bully.

  • I shrank every time he came near me.

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    Jane

    “What do you want?”

  • Narrator

    I asked.

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    John

    “You must say, ‘What do you want, Master Reed,’”