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French I

Ron Rash
p. 253-260

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Madame Lowery was the first French person we had ever known, though she wasn’t from France. As she haughtily told us the first day of class, she’d been adopted by the French while an exchange student, something that high schoolers in Wisconsin, unlike in the hinterlands of Carolina, had an opportunity to do. “Because of my Gallic sensibility and my impeccable command of their language, the host family concluded my soul was French,” Madame Lowery announced, “and they are correct, which is why I shall eventually return there to live.”

It was her first year of teaching, and how she chose to begin in western North Carolina I do not know. She was a last-minute hire when the teacher we’d expected, Monsieur Vickers, abruptly “retired” after allegedly fondling a manikin at Wray’s Department Store. Madame Lowery was probably twenty-one or twenty-two, but she appeared much older. Aside from her wedding ring, she wore long black skirts and a loose black jacket that hid what shapes lay beneath t...

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