In "Two Kinds," how does the narrator prepare for the talent show?

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After the narrator's mother and her piano teacher, Old Chong, decide to enter her in a talent show, she is instructed to begin work on a Schumann piece. But by her own description, she

dawdled over it, playing a few bars and then cheating, looking up to see what notes...

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After the narrator's mother and her piano teacher, Old Chong, decide to enter her in a talent show, she is instructed to begin work on a Schumann piece. But by her own description, she

dawdled over it, playing a few bars and then cheating, looking up to see what notes followed.

Instead of working to master playing the work, the narrator practices an elaborate curtsy that she will execute at the end of her performance. As she sits down to play the piece in the show, she is thinking about her clothes and hair and how people will applaud for her. Her lack of preparation for the actual playing demonstrates that the piano lessons were not really her passion, and her passive aggression in not practicing the piece prior to her performance is her way of expressing her rebellious feelings toward her mother.

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The narrator prepares for the talent show with her teacher, Old Chong, who is deaf. She is supposed to play a song called "Pleading Child" by Schumann. Instead of memorizing the entire piece, she just plays a few bars and then daydreams. She never learns the whole piece. Mostly what she does to practice is curtsy in an elaborate way and smile to prepare for the talent show. Though she is very excited about the show, she plays a series of wrong notes because she has not practiced thoroughly and is not prepared for the talent show. After the show, she decides not to play piano anymore because she is not a prodigy, and she doesn't realize that practice is what makes someone good at playing the piano. 

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