May 27, 1837
Anger could not possibly boil inside me any warmer!
Helen Brusher, Queen Of Lies and Embarrassment, is now the victim of my fury I can't help but spill out.
Yesterday, I was sitting in the main teaching room listening quite contentedly to a sermon from Mr. Fulgary, and Helen and her friends, Hattie Riggard and Jemima Pudduck were whispering together... but this is quite usual.
Then I heard Helen mention Catherine, and then she said, in a piercing whisper:
''It's quite a good thing that Catherine ''Hetherbye'' left, she caused the whole school trouble, and its no wonder that Mrs. Frugular banned her! She certainly got what she needed!''
I almost sat up from my chair and screamed, but circumstances which might have befallen me then were not worth the trouble.
Ah, perhaps I should have, for the sake of my dear, poor friend!
Life here is such a dull one, that sometimes I wish I could rather die! But never again will I see Catherine's face if I happen to.
We are all still in dread of the return of Mr. Harshwig, but perhaps we shouldn't fret, as our lives are already miserable, and it won't help a bit to be more so.
And there is no hope of a new friend, for Charlotte Silks has taken an interest in two other girls, named Margaret and Elizabeth.
Loneliness shall pass, yet, I know! And I will be reunited with Catherine once more.
Emma Whitestone - Birmingham Girls' Orphanage, England
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