Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
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Chapter 3

As the weather gets colder, Ma and Kim struggle in the apartment since the heat doesn’t work. They are the only ones living in the building, so the heat had not been fixed. This made staying at home even worse for Kim, since she was cold and alone with the bugs and mice. When the weather got even colder, they would keep the oven on at all times.

Kim pretended to go to school another day, not knowing that it was Thanksgiving. Luckily, Matt told her that school was out, so she has time to prepare an excuse for Ma. But, almost getting caught lying and the knowledge that her mom wanted her to work for a better life was motivation for Kim to go back to Mr. Bogart’s class. She even thought to forge an excuse letter for the time she missed.

The class had a math quiz that day, which Kim was excited about, since she knew math very well. She did get embarrassed again by her bad English, but a girl named Annette Avery was nice to her and became Kim’s first school friend.

Ma occasionally had to bring bags of clothes home from the factory so she could finish all her work. Sometimes she would stay at the factory all night. Ma and Kim would work on the garments in front of the oven, but even then the cold made the work difficult.

Having Annette as a friend meant that Kim now was able to look forward to school. Annette had very pale skin and blue eyes, things Kim had never seen before. They became friends as Annette helped Kim with English and Kim taught Annette how to speak Chinese.

Another boy in the class who Kim likes is Tyrone. He gets the best scores on all the tests, but he doesn’t like to show off. Still, Mr. Bogart always compared the rest of the class to him and said the others didn’t try hard enough.

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