|Mitzi comes from Mondsee, the place where we spend summers. She still looked very countryish and wore a dirndl, and her hair in thick braids twisted like two big garden snails around her ears.|
|A tall lady, dressed in 10th century attire with long black plaits dangling nearly to her knees and framing a clever sensitive face lit by a pair of beautiful black eyes came forward to greet the party. Ailie flung herself on her with a rapturous, “Aunt Joey!”|
|I'm sure I read somewhere that Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother wore her hair in earphones and her children have vivid memories of never seeing her ears!|
|" I was only thinking of the time your Aunt Eliza and I combed our hair up off our ears and went to school that way. The teacher called us up front and shamed us before the whole school, for being so unladylike and bold as to let our ears be seen." Ma laughed softly again.
"Is that the reason you always wear those soft wings of hair down over your ears?" Laura cried.
Ma looked a little surprised. "Yes, I suppose it is," she answered, still smiling.
On the way to school Laura said, "Carrie, do you know I've never once seen Ma's ears?"
"They're probably pretty ears, too," said Carrie. "You look like her, and your ears are little and pretty."
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