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Life in a wealthy Victorian family - Emily and the beetle

What happens to Emily when she disobeys her governess

Emily is in the school room with Miss Stevens playing her scales on the piano. She takes out a little beetle that she and her brother, Bertie, caught in the garden on the day that Bertie went back to school - Emily has promised to look after it for him.

When Miss Stevens sees the beetle she is horrified and demands that Emily returns it to the garden at once.

Emily refuses - saying that she has made a promise to Bertie to look after it. Miss Stevens tells her that if she will not obey she will have to account to her father for her disobedience that evening.

Evening comes and Emily is summoned to see her father. Her parents are very disappointed with her behaviour. Emily must apologise to Miss Stevens when she goes to bed. Emily suddenly sees Miss Stevens in a different light - as a rather sorry and lonely figure, without a family of her own.

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