How do Melanie and April respond to meeting Elizabeth in The Egypt Game?

Melanie and April are not thrilled to be asked to be friendly to the new girl, Elizabeth, but when they meet her, they are struck by her smile and her personality. Soon, the two older girls begin feeling protective toward Elizabeth, and the next morning, they tell her about the Egypt Game.

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In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Egypt Game , April is anything but thrilled when her grandmother wants her to make friends with the new girl who has moved in on their street. Elizabeth is only nine (compared to April's eleven), and April does not want her butting into the...

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In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Egypt Game, April is anything but thrilled when her grandmother wants her to make friends with the new girl who has moved in on their street. Elizabeth is only nine (compared to April's eleven), and April does not want her butting into the Egypt Game that she and her friend Melanie (and Melanie's brother Marshall) are playing.

To please their families, April and Melanie agree to walk Elizabeth to school and at least be friendly toward her. Both girls are surprised when Elizabeth answers the door on the first morning. Elizabeth is a tiny girl with black hair. Her face has a "carved perfection" to it that makes "her smile seem like magic." She is just like "an enchanted ivory princess warming suddenly to life." Elizabeth is a little shy, but it is a "gentle friendly shyness" that makes April and Melanie feel important.

In Elizabeth's company, April wonders why she has been so afraid of including this new girl in her group of friends. By the time the girls get to school, April and Melanie are already feeling protective toward Elizabeth, and by the end of the afternoon, both girls are thinking that it would be a good thing to include Elizabeth in the Egypt Game. When they notice the next morning that Elizabeth resembles Nefertiti, they decide that she is fully in, and on the way to school, they begin telling her all about their secret.

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