Chapter 20 Summary

July and August are the rainy months in Ethiopia, and the headmaster of Loomis Town & Country School makes sure those are vacation months for students. While the students are stuck in soggy Addis Ababa, he is no doubt vacationing somewhere hot and sunny. It rains incessantly in these months the natives refer to as winter, and the eleven-year-old twins react differently to the weather. Shiva is content to spend his time writing and drawing, but Marion gets morose and somewhat depressed. Hema takes the boys regularly to the library and the cinema. They can read whatever they want as long as they keep a journal of new vocabulary words and write down any interesting ideas to be shared at the dinner table.

One soggy...

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