Describe Squeaky’s attitude toward phoniness and girlishness in the story, "Raymond's Run," by Toni Cade Bambara.

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Squeaky, in "Raymond's Run" by Toni Cade Bambara, reacts with disdain to phoniness. She sees Cynthia Procter as a phony because Cynthia pretends she does not have to study for spelling bees or practice the piano, but Squeaky knows she really does.

"...when I pass her house on my early morning trots around the block, she is practicing the scales on the piano over and over and over and over. Then in music class she always lets herself get bumped around so she falls accidentally on purpose onto the piano stool and is so surprised to find herself sitting there that she decides just for fun to try out the ole keys. A regular prodigy. I could kill people like that.

Squeaky does not like "girlishness" either, which is why she skips the May Pole dance. She does not see the point of dressing up in fancy clothes to pretend she's a flower or a fairy or anything else. She just wants to be herself She wants to run. Squeaky thinks it is nonsense to pretend she's something other than who she is.

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