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Little House On The Prairie: Whisper Country

The girls' reactions to Miss Peel are considerably more low-key. Mary gives Sarah her precious Name On A Piece Of Paper, and has her take a seat. Slowly, Mary stands up, and she turns to address Miss Peel. "Uh, thank you for dropping in," she says, trying to throw the hint that she doesn't need the Angel Of Death standing in the door all day, so, you know, here's your Bible, what's your hurry? Instead of leaving, Miss Peel enters the schoolroom. She turns and looks at Mary from behind the giant bonnet. "Thought I'd see for myself," she says. She looks Mary up and down like a lecher. "Fancy raiment," she declares. I have to say, I grew up with Quakers, who no longer embrace plain dress (in case this news has not reached you and you still expect them to look like Amish/Mennonites/Pilgrims/boxes of oats), but my suspicion is that even if they did, they wouldn't be able to muster up an indignant "fancy raiment" for what Mary is wearing. Mary self-consciously looks down at her dress. And then Miss Peel contemptuously says, "And books." Interestingly, she says "books" in the same way that Jerry Falwell would say "pornography." "I need them to teach," Mary says apologetically of the books. "Teach what?" Miss Peel demands to know. Mary grins, because this is where she gets to talk about the great power of the mind. "Writing... spelling, reading!" Apparently, Mary doesn't know life outside the English Department. Miss Peel wants to know if Mary will teach "ciphering." Mary looks confused. "Old ways are best," Miss Peel declares. She goes on to explain that the only things anyone needs to learn are math and the Bible. Because the Bible lets you go to heaven, and math keeps people from ripping you off at the store. You think I'm lying, but this is essentially what she says. Limiting your learning has the added benefit that if you don't learn extra stuff, then when you're done selling your crop with the help of your math skills, you can get immediately back to the "bosom of [your] family." Where, according to this episode, everyone will hate each other and live in a state of silent, miserable fear, as God intended. Going outside is bad -- bad! Miss Peel claims that what you get for leaving your house and your family is sin. Mary's like, "Um, whatever you say, CRAZY," but she says she will indeed teach math. But she will also teach history and geography. Indeed, Miss Mary Ingalls will be providing a well-rounded education in smut. Latitude! Longitude! Chaucer! Rabelaise! Baaaaaaalzac! Miss Peel slowly turns and walks toward the door. Before exiting, she turns the bonnet-head at Mary. "Cipherin'," she says. "The rest is sin and a waste." The bass on the soundtrack announces that this is all very, very ominous: "WAAAAAAAH." Miss Peel leaves, and Mary looks after her, stunned. How was the earth not moved by her sunny spirit? I do not know.

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Little House On The Prairie: Whisper Country

The girls' reactions to Miss Peel are considerably more low-key. Mary gives Sarah her precious Name On A Piece Of Paper, and has her take a seat. Slowly, Mary stands up, and she turns to address Miss Peel. "Uh, thank you for dropping in," she says, trying to throw the hint that she doesn't need the Angel Of Death standing in the door all day, so, you know, here's your Bible, what's your hurry? Instead of leaving, Miss Peel enters the schoolroom. She turns and looks at Mary from behind the giant bonnet. "Thought I'd see for myself," she says. She looks Mary up and down like a lecher. "Fancy raiment," she declares. I have to say, I grew up with Quakers, who no longer embrace plain dress (in case this news has not reached you and you still expect them to look like Amish/Mennonites/Pilgrims/boxes of oats), but my suspicion is that even if they did, they wouldn't be able to muster up an indignant "fancy raiment" for what Mary is wearing. Mary self-consciously looks down at her dress. And then Miss Peel contemptuously says, "And books." Interestingly, she says "books" in the same way that Jerry Falwell would say "pornography." "I need them to teach," Mary says apologetically of the books. "Teach what?" Miss Peel demands to know. Mary grins, because this is where she gets to talk about the great power of the mind. "Writing... spelling, reading!" Apparently, Mary doesn't know life outside the English Department. Miss Peel wants to know if Mary will teach "ciphering." Mary looks confused. "Old ways are best," Miss Peel declares. She goes on to explain that the only things anyone needs to learn are math and the Bible. Because the Bible lets you go to heaven, and math keeps people from ripping you off at the store. You think I'm lying, but this is essentially what she says. Limiting your learning has the added benefit that if you don't learn extra stuff, then when you're done selling your crop with the help of your math skills, you can get immediately back to the "bosom of [your] family." Where, according to this episode, everyone will hate each other and live in a state of silent, miserable fear, as God intended. Going outside is bad -- bad! Miss Peel claims that what you get for leaving your house and your family is sin. Mary's like, "Um, whatever you say, CRAZY," but she says she will indeed teach math. But she will also teach history and geography. Indeed, Miss Mary Ingalls will be providing a well-rounded education in smut. Latitude! Longitude! Chaucer! Rabelaise! Baaaaaaalzac! Miss Peel slowly turns and walks toward the door. Before exiting, she turns the bonnet-head at Mary. "Cipherin'," she says. "The rest is sin and a waste." The bass on the soundtrack announces that this is all very, very ominous: "WAAAAAAAH." Miss Peel leaves, and Mary looks after her, stunned. How was the earth not moved by her sunny spirit? I do not know.

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