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The trip was to the Victoria and Albert Museum for the purpose of studying Mid-Victorian dress --- design, material, stitchcraft, accessories, hair culture, wigs and others. The students were thrilled and when Rick (Sir) arrived that morning, he found the students scrubbed and smartly dressed. They traveled by underground train to the museum and had to change trains once. During the trip two elderly women entered the train and made some disparaging remarks about "shameless young girls and these balck men." (pg 91) They meant for the remarks to be heard, but Pamela put them in their place when she loudly declared "He is our teacher. Do you mind?" (pg 91). When they arrived at the museum, they were divided into groups of six or seven, each group studying a different aspect of Mid-Victorian dress. They would meet at 11 AM for tea, and then at 12PM (noon) to get ready to return to school. Rick and Gillian roamed among the groups giving advice and assistance. The students were well-behaved, keenly interested, and asked intelligent questions. They took the whole trip very seriously. During tea Rick was surprised to hear that their conversations were about the exhibits. Denham and Potter had self-elected themselves lieutenants and gathered everyone up when it was time to go home. The students enjoyed the trip so much that the next day they were all in their seats, greeted Rick in one voice with "Good Morning, Sir", and brought Rick (Sir) flowers from their gardens.
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