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In Chapter 3, Winnie is sitting in the grass just inside the fence around her house, talking to "the only living thing in sight", a sleepy, ponderous-looking frog. Winnie is frustrated because she feels like she is constantly being watched and corrected by her mother and grandmother, and she longs to "just be by (her)self for a change". Winnie would love to just be able to do something interesting, "something that's all (hers)". She wants to do "something that would make some kind of difference in the world...to have a new name, one that's not all worn out from being called so much". She considers the merits of having a pet, perhaps one like the toad to whom she is addressing her complaints, but concludes that such an act would be cruel, because then the poor toad would "have to be cooped up in a cage", similar to how Winnie feels about herself. After thinking for awhile, Winnie "expect(s) (she)'d better run away". Her mother calls her, and Winnie, exasperated, resolves to run away the very next morning (Chapter 3).
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