“Where's your trunk?”
“I'm not an elephant you know, Susan.”
“Ha, ha! I mean your big chest of clothes and books and things and other things.”
“Oh yes, I know what you mean now, Susan. My Mum got a whole long list of things that I would need at the school. You know what? She did not buy any of it. We live on the other side of the planet. Mum told me to buy the stuff here. I've got the list here.”
“That's not a bad idea, Jennffer. Tomorrow we can go to the big town and buy everything for you. I can suggest some other useful things too. Do you have money or lots of money?”
“OK, we can go to the better shops. You need to go to the hairdressers too. But now lunch!”
We went down to the Great Dining Hall and met Cook and two other girls who had come too early. I made two discoveries.
Cook knew everything, everything that happened in the school. She knew my name.
Susan was not especially white faced, and probably did not have some awful skin disease. No, everybody had a white porcelain face and hands too. Everyone here in the old country is as white as a ghost.