Laura is a feisty, sharp-tongued twelve-year-old, who is being sent off to school by her widowed mother who is paying the fees by doing home-sewing. She is the eldest child, ,and her sister Pin and her brothers wave her off...
If you were wanting to read a school-story where the pupils `play up, and play the game`, this is not the book for you. From the headmistress to all Laura`s classmates, the emphasis is on character-analysis and relationships, as it is with Laura`s family.
For the school, the education and sporting activities are not much stressed...Laura`s quick mind and musical abilities are not highly valued and she feels keenly her comparative poverty.
Laura grows up at the school, and her changes in perception and sometimes ill-conceived efforts to fit in and be like the others, I felt, was truly observed by the writer.
The last view of Laura running for the joy of it made me pleased that the school did not stamp her with conventionality.
The Getting of Wisdom? The Getting of Dissemblement, The Dismissive Giggle and The Polite Lie would seem to me to be the Getting, at that school.
A good, well-written book - and for its time, probably an accurate depiction of the culture of women.