Character: Becky Sharp
Book: Vanity Fair 

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
26 writer: Vanwy MacDonald-Arif


Orphan Becky Sharp’s last day at Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies, has arrived. Chiswick Mall’s loss is the world’s gain. Becky is determined to succeed.


Inside I’m, ‘Breathe. Conceal emotions. Let
no-one in.’ Outside I’m all, ‘Granite-Girl. 
Harder than the hardest rock, sharper than 
machetes, inflictor of afflictions.’ 
How I wanted that dictionary: the 
substance, the scent, the serenity of
cool pages. The words. Offered covertly,
furtively fumbled, it became tainted. 
So out the window it tumbled. I mocked
shocked, censorious gazes, ‘n’importe quoi.’
My heart bled.


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