Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon.
The Awakening of Miss Prim; Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera
Atria - 2014
"Everyone in San Ireneo de Arnois remarked on Miss Prim's arrival, On the afternoon they saw her walking through the village she was just another job applicant on her way to an interview, but the inhabitants knew the place well enough to realize that a vacancy there was a rare and precious thing. Many remembered what had happened a few years earlier when they were looking for a new primary school teacher: eight applicants had shown up, but only three had been given the opportunity to set out their talents. This did not reveal a lack of interest in education--educational standards in San Ireneo de Arnois were excellent--but rather the inhabitants' conviction that greater choice did not increase the likelihood of getting it right. The proprietor of the stationer's, a woman quite capable of devoting an entire afternoon to decorating a single sheet of paper, described the idea of spending longer than a morning selecting a teacher as extravagant. Everyone agreed. In that community, it was the families themselves, each according to their background, ambition and means, who were in charge of their children's intellectual development. School was considered supplementary--undesirable but necessary--though certainly many households relied on it. Many, but by no means all. So why devote so much time to it?"
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