Our next entry in the 1902 notebook (page 6 and top of page 7) appears to be a short story entitled:
The Negligent Girl
Enrica, a girl of twelve, was negligent and careless and she was still in the first class of her school village.
One day her teacher gave them an essay to write as a homework. She presented an essay written with all the possible care. The teacher looked at Enrica’s essay and realized it had not been done by her.
The teacher said: Tell me the truth, did you do your homework yourself?
The girl said: Yes, I did it myself.
The teacher said: I am asking again, did you do it yourself?
The amazed girl said: No, I did not do it, Ernesta did it. I gave her three coins that my mother gave me to buy a notebook and two pens. My mother believed my words and gave me the money. And I gave Ernesta the money.
So the teacher scolded her harshly.
Quite the little story, don’t you agree? Thank you Loretta Cologna for your help in bringing our family heirloom to life with your translations! Mille grazie!
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