What was the effect of the letter of Wanda’s father on Miss Mason? How did Maddie react to it?

In his letter, Wanda’s father had informed Miss Mason that Wanda would not come to the school anymore. They were moving to a big city. In that city, nobody would consider her name funny and laugh at her. There was a deep silence in the class when Miss Mason read the letter. Whatever happened was due to thoughtlessness. It was also unfortunate and sad. She didn’t like that the other students had hurt the feelings of Wanda just because she had a name that happened to be a long, unfamiliar one. She wanted everyone to think about it. On the other hand, Maddie had a sick feeling. She wanted to regret her behaviour. She thought that she never wanted to hurt Wanda in this way. It was true that she had never made fun of Wanda herself. But at the same time, she had not objected to Peggy’s asking Wanda about her dresses. She felt that she was a coward.

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