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    "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris Information-grey

     

    Me Talk Pretty One Day – By David Sedaris

     

    From his book Me Talk Pretty One Day

     

     

    At the age of forty-one, I am returning to school and have to think of myself as what my French textbook calls “a true debutant.” After paying my tuition, I was issued a student ID, which allows me a discounted entry fee at movie theaters, puppet shows, and Festyland, a far-flung amusement park that advertises with billboards picturing a cartoon stegosaurus sitting in a canoe and eating what appears to be a ham sandwich.

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    Learning to Read and Write by Frederick Douglas Information-grey

    Learning to Read and Write

    Frederick Douglass

    I lived in Master Hugh's family about seven years. During this time, I succeeded in learning to read and write. In accomplishing this, I was compelled to resort to various stratagems. I had no regular teacher. My mistress, who had kindly commenced to instruct me, had, in compliance with the advice and direction of her husband, not only ceased to instruct, but had set her face against my being instructed by anyone else. It is due, however, to my mistress to say of her, that she did not adopt this course of treatment immediately. She at first lacked the depravity indispensable to shutting me up in mental darkness. It was at least necessary for her to have some training in the exercise of irresponsible power, to make her equal to the task of treating me as though I were a brute.

    My mistress was, as I have said, a kind and tenderÔÇÉhearted woman; and in the simplicity of her soul she commenced, when I first went to live...

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