Why did Waverly tell her mother she did not want to play in any tournament, even though she did?

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This is a great question.  In order to understand Waverly's paradoxical comment, we need some background information. 

In the beginning of the story, Waverly wanted salted plums at the market.  She threw a tantrum and her mother scolded her.  Her mother also said: "bite back your tongue." Her mother was teaching her the art of invisible strength.  She was teaching her to master her desires.  The next time, the two were at the market,...

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