Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
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Chapter 4

The class is assigned to work on dioramas in partners, so Kim pairs up with Annette. That means she gets to go to Annette’s house one day after school to work. Kim is amazed that not only are there animals in the house without fleas, but there is fruit sitting out uncovered and no roaches are running to it.

Mrs. Avery gave them supplies, so building their diorama took hardly any time at all. That meant Annette and Kim got to play in Annette’s big bedroom. Eventually though, it was time for Kim to go home. She insisted that Mrs. Avery drop her off at the school, since that’s where Ma would be waiting.

With Christmas coming up, Kim wanted to get Annette a present, since she knew that Annette was getting her one. Ma didn’t have much money to spare, but they found a big plastic plant that was only $1.99, so they bought that. Annette gave Kim a small stuffed panda bear, which Kim loved. The last day of school before Christmas, Ma went with Kim to school and gave Mr. Bogart a large, soy sauce drumstick. Kim knew that Mr. Bogart wasn’t going to like it, but Ma viewed it as a luxury. Kim wasn’t sure if Santa Claus would come to her house, but she was happy to see that her Ma gave her two dollars and an orange, which was a great gift.

After the new year, Kim and Ma found plush cloth outside of a stuffed animal factory. They took as much of that as they were able to carry, and they were able to use it to keep themselves warm in the colder nights.

The Chinese New Year came around, and that meant the factory was closed and Kim got to stay home from school. The ceremonies for the day were symbolic of the entire year to come, so they were both very careful in all they did. They had sacred papers and food and wine that they set out in the kitchen. The sacred papers had to then be burned, and the wine was to ensure that petty spirits wouldn’t be able to steal the gifts from the intended gods.

One day when Ma and Kim were walking home from the store, they saw Mr. Al with a clearance sign at his store. He informed Kim that a new development was coming into town and all the buildings were going to be torn down. He said it could be one year or it could be ten, but he was getting out before anything happened.

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