In the Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, what was Scout's first day of school like?

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Scout's first day of school started with the disappointing news that she and Jem could not play together at school. She also got reprimanded with a ruler swat to the hand and was banished to the corner until noon. If that wasn't enough, Scout was reprimanded when instead of only being able to read the alphabet, she was able to read all of her first grade reading book, and a regional newspaper. When the advanced Scout become bored with the rudimentary lesson, she began to write a letter to her friend Dill, but once again she was reprimanded, this time for writing rather than printing. She was told, "We don't learn to write until third grade."

Disappointing, humiliating, consternating--all of these would be words that could describe Scout's first day of school. Try as she did, she simply could not please the teacher, and it's a wonder that Scout would consider going after such a difficult day at such an impressionable age.

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