Conflict assignment for the book "Yesterday's Dead" by Pat Bourke.
Meredith is cleaning up after breakfast when she hears an argument between Dr. Waterton and Miss Maggie.
Your last report card was terrible. And you aren't Abby! You have to go to school. I have to go to work.
Please let me go! We aren't learning anything in school and I can buy a present for Abby's birthday!
Miss Maggie asks Meredith how she enjoyed school, and Meredith teels her how much she enjoys it. Meredith tells her that she has to go when...
Oh no! I loved school! Now, if you'll excuse me Miss Maggie...
Aren't you so happy you're done with school?
Miss Maggie tells her never to call her Maggie again, and to call her Margaret. She asks Mereddith how she would like to be called a name that isn't hers. Meredith tries to explain that earlier everyone was calling her Margaret, but Maggie cuts her off. This is the beginning of their rivalry.
What name? You mean "Miss Maggie?"
I'll get it right next time.
I know exactly how you feel!
Yes! I am thirteen, much too old for a baby name like that! From now on, you are to call me "Miss Margaret." How would you like to be called by a name that you hate?
I doubt you know how I feel.
See that you do.
NO! Don't call me that name!
I can't pick her up! My dress will get wet and she's too heavy.
On the night of the party for Jack, Margaret's brother's sixteenth birthday, Meredith goes into the kitchen to get more sandwiches and find Mrs. Butters the cook on the floor, sick. Miss Margaret walks in and Meredith asks her to help her pick up Mrs. Butters, but she refuses. Meredith tells her to go get Parker, and Margaret leaves. Little does Meredith know that she doesn't say anything to Parker!
Fine! I'll go get Parker.
Well then go get Parker at least. Please!
Miss Margaret, go get help. Mrs. Butters is sick. She fell and broke something. Help me pick her up.
Meredith is downstairs when she sees Margaret's little brother Harry come down the stairs. He says that he wanted to play a game with Jack but he threw up and told Harry to get Meredith. Meredith goes into Maggie's room and tells her the news.
Miss Margaret, your brother is sick!
Not Harry again, its Jack this time!
No he's not, he's right there!
They learn that to help everybody else, they have to help and listen to each other too.