The mysterious decline in Mary's school performance is explained when Charles discovers that she needs glasses; but the joyous self-confidence that comes with Mary's improved eyesight is short-lived after Nellie and Willie incite the rest of the class to call her "Four Eyes" and tease that she'll end up a spinster like teacher, Miss Beadle.
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Pa, if I don't find my glasses you don't have to buy me another pair.
What kind of thing is that to say?
I don't deserve another pair. I lost them. It was my fault.
Everybody makes mistakes, Mary.
You told me not to take them off and I did. I don't think I should be allowed to have another pair.