At the end of Bambara's "The Lesson," Sugar states that she has learned a lesson. How does the sad look that Miss Moore gives Sylvia in that paragraph suggest that there is more to the lesson?

At the end of "The Lesson" by Tony Cade Bambara, Miss Moore gives Sylvia a sad look because she prevents Sugar from continuing her insights on their trip. Sugar points out that a real democracy should give everyone an opportunity to pursue happiness, but she might have gone on to say that the children could overcome the difficulties they encounter in society and achieve success anyway.

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While all the children learned a lesson that day, Sugar seems to have given the situation more in-depth thought. When Miss Moore asked the children for their thoughts on what they had experienced at the toy store, Sugar starts to make some insightful comments, but she is silenced by her domineering friend, Sylvia, who stands on her foot to get her to be quiet.

Sugar’s point was that democracy isn’t much good if it doesn’t mean “an equal crack at the dough.” By the equal crack, of course, she is referring to opportunities for financial advancement. After that sentence, whatever she may have been about to say next is silenced by her friend’s action, and it is at this point that Miss Moore looks at Sylvia with a look that appears to be sorrowful.

The reason for the sorrow in this look can only be because Miss Moore wanted to know more about what Sugar had learned that day, and whether the message that she wanted to impart with the children had sunk in. The whole point of Miss...

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