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MADELINE by Ludwig Bemelmans
MADELINE is another book from my childhood.
First line: “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in twelve straight lines.”
End line: “And she (Miss Clavel) turned out the light and closed the door and that’s all there is there isn’t anymore.”
Madeline tugs at my heart. She brightened the world of everyone around her. When she was absent from them, there was a hole. Madeline was fearless--not scared of mice. ME EITHER! She stood her ground with a caged tiger and said “Pooh, pooh.” ME TOO! Not really, but one time at the zoo, a black panther eyed my newborn son, from his enclosure and licked his lips. I didn’t say “Pooh, pooh”, but I did say to the cat, “No!” And I removed my baby from the big cat area.
So, I've pondered this question for years. And yes I could Google it. Does Madeline live at a boarding school or does she live in an orphanage? Either is fine with me because (the child) Teresa felt like the girls had a safe environment.
To the adult Teresa this matters.