Phew. Thanks.
Mon May 21, 2018 12:47

“I don’t know a lot about the feminist movement,” Alena admitted. Alena wasn’t well versed on feminism. It had come up in class a little but Alena’s mind often drifted as new worries popped into her head and forced her concentration away from the matter at hand. She understood the basics about the movement for equality but most of what Alena really knew about feminism she had learned from her older sister. Alena didn’t speak to Charline very much, but even before Alena’s mama had passed away, her sister had been the main female influence in her life.

Alena knew that Charline had fallen out with Papa because she had wanted to be more involved in the business. She often cited her gender as the reason for exclusion from things and frequently, moaned about the difference between expectations for Benjamin and expectations for her. Charline often said that it wasn’t fair Benjamin was the heir, that she was the oldest, the smartest and best suited for the position. Alena wasn’t sure about all that but it was true that Charline did like being in charge of things. Most recently, Charline had become irritated with Papa because he’d expressed his desire to be a Grandfather sooner rather than later. There had been a lot of yelling and Charline hadn’t come to visit at all during the Christmas season. Alena wasn’t really sure she bought in to all of Charline’s rants. She’d just been happy not to have her sister sapping all the joy out of Christmas like she did most years.

But she was a little worried Remington was going to tell Alena to come up with another suggestion, and Alena really didn’t want to have to do that. So she tried to sound positive about the idea and quickly added, “I suppose this will be a good opportunity for me to learn more about it.” With a self-conscious shrug she continued, ”I don’t know much about muggles at all.” Just once Alena would like to be able to surprise people by knowing something. She knew that RMI admitted people from muggle backgrounds but Alena didn’t really think about that very much. Mostly, she assumed everyone was from a similar background as her and thinking about muggles just made her uncomfortable. Papa had always been very clear that muggles were bad company to keep.

  • That's okay, I'll help you be sure - Remington, Sat May 19 22:01
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    • Phew. Thanks. - Alena, Mon May 21 12:47
      • You're welcome! - Remington, Tue May 22 07:59
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        • Alena let out a little sigh of relief when Remington confirmed that this would be the topic of their project and then began to rattle off a list of things to start things in ernest. Alena sat by her... more
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