|Cornelia departed, and Matron arrived half an hour later with the milk; saw her take it; then made her lie down, covered her up, and, stooping, kissed her. "I know, Corney," she said. "I've only this for you, child. As one door shuts, another opens. And Mademoiselle wants you girls to face it as bravely as she is doing. Goodnight, dear."
Cornelia turned enormous blue eyes on her. "Guess I - feel 'sif - my mother - " She stopped, unable to go further; and Matron, with a final pat, left her, knowing that Corney would feel everlastingly disgraced if anyone saw her cry.
All the same, the coming years were to show her a true prophetess, and Cornelia was to have such a mothering as even Mademoiselle had never given her.
|I was reading "A United Chalet School", and it's in this book that the girls really learn about Mademoiselle's condition. Corney (one of my favourite characters, btw -I feel very sorry for her here!) takes the news badly, as Mademoiselle was like a mother to her.
Anyway, what I want to ask is who gives Cornelia the mothering later on???
|It seemed as if Cornelia and Mademoiselle's close relationship came rather out of the blue, though - I can't think of any instances in earlier books where this was portrayed. (Of course, so far I've only read Armada paperbacks... so if you know of anything from the uncut versions, please let me know!)|
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