It takes time and hard work to finish your schooling. You can’t wait to be done. It’s time to start making a difference.
You apply to the Normal School in Toronto. As you’ve seen, teachers make all the difference in the world. Before you manage a newspaper, you want to spend some time out in the world.
But a few days before you’re meant to leave for Toronto, something awful happens.
While helping to fix a barn roof, he’s taken a terrible fall: a badly broken leg and broken ribs.
The doctor sighs. “I’m afraid he won’t be much good for farm work anymore.” At the news, you fight back tears. Mr. Grand’s like a father to you.
If he can’t work, you’ll need to.
Perhaps it’s time to start your newspaper with your meager savings. Training as a teacher first is no longer an option. But then, newspapers are risky business: Mary Ann Shadd’s newspaper closed back in 1860.
Should you try something safer? Mrs. Grand knows a seamstress who needs help …
Which do you choose?