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Plot summary[ edit ] year-old Katy Carr lives with her widowed father and her two brothers and three sisters in Burnet, a small Midwestern American town. Her father is a very busy doctor who works long hours; the children are mostly in the care of his sister Aunt Izzie, who is very particular and something of a scold. Bright, hetrong Katy can hardly avoid getting into mischief almost daily under these circumstances, but she is unfailingly remorseful afterward.
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She behaves somehow kindly to the children and also she dreams of some day doing something "grand" with her life: painting famous pictures, saving the lives of drowning people, or leading a crusade on a white horse. She also wants to be "beautiful, of course, and good if I can. When Cousin Helen, an invalid, comes to visit, Katy is so enchanted by her beauty and kindness that on the day of Helen's departure she resolves to model herself on Libe ever afterward.
The very next day, however, Katy wakes in an ill humor, quarrels with her aunt and pushes her little sister so hard that she falls down half a dozen steps. Afterward, sulky and miserable, Katy decides to try out the new swing in the woodshed although Aunt Izzie has forbidden it.
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Had Aunt Izzie actually explained that the swing was unsafe because central nj escorts of the staples supporting it had cracked, "all would have been right," but she believes that children should unquestioningly obey their elders. Katy swings as high as she can and then, as she tries to graze the roof with her toes, the staple gives way. She falls hard, bruising burner spine. The lively Katy is now bedridden and suffering terrible pain and bitterness.
Her room is dark, dreary, and cluttered with medicine bottles; when her siblings try to comfort her, she usually dree them away. However, a visit from Cousin Helen shows her that she must either learn to make the best of her situation or risk losing her family's love. Chwt tells Katy that she is now a student in the "School of Pain" where she will learn lessons in patience, cheerfulness, hopefulness, neatness, and making the best of things.
With Cousin Helen's help, Katy makes her room tidy and nice to visit and gradually all the children gravitate to it, coming in to see her whenever they can. She becomes the heart of the home, beloved by her family for her unfailing kindness and good cheer. After two years Aunt Izzie dies and Katy takes over the running of the household. At the end of four years, in a chapter called "At Los angeles bbw escort, she learns to walk again.
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Characters[ edit ] Katy Carr: the eldest of the Carr children and the novel's protagonist. At the beginning of the book she is a twelve-year-old tomboy who much prefers running around outdoors to quiet 'ladylike' pursuits and so tears her clothes and is rree untidy; however, she longs to be good.
Clover Carr: the second-eldest sister adores Katy and follows her in everything she does. Clover is pretty and clever with a sunny disposition; she is described as loving everyone and is loved by everyone in return. Elsie Carr: the bkrnet sister, an awkward child at the beginning of the book, too old to play with the 'babies' and too young to be included in Katy and Clover's games.
She tries her hardest to in, but is usually ignored; instead, she whines. After Katy is bkrnet Elsie proves very helpful and considerate, and she and Katy finally grow close. Dorry Carr: a stolid boy and great eater, the fourth Carr is the eldest son.
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He develops a certain mechanical skill over time. Jonnie Carr short for Joanna : the fifth child, a tomboy.
She and Dorry are great friends. Philip Carr: the baby of the family, who is only four years old at the book's frwe. Cecy Hall: a pretty ashford escorts cim tidy girl, the daughter of a nearby neighbour. Imogen Clark: a classmate of Katy and Clover; a silly, affected girl.
Initially she enthralls Katy with her romantic imagination, but she proves dishonest and self-centered and, as her father predicted, Katy grows disillusioned with her. Papa Dr Philip Carr : the children's father, a very busy doctor who has been a single parent, firm but understanding, since his wife's death when Katy was eight.
Aunt Izzie: Papa's sister, an old-fashioned woman who raises the children after their mother dies. She is very particular and often scolds because she does not understand the children's ways, although she has a heart of gold.
Her death in Katy taking over the domestic management of the household. Cousin Helen: Papa's niece; she cannot walk because of an accident years ago.
Despite birnet suffering she is amusing, cheerful, and kind; just what Katy wants to be. After Katy's accident, Cat Helen helps her adjust to her illness. Themes[ edit ] Susan Coolidge shared her publisher, Roberts Putas latinas en fort wayne, with Louisa May Alcottand What Katy Did helped satisfy the demand for naturalistic novels about girlhood that followed the success of Little Women.
Like Alcott, Coolidge heightened the realism of her novel by drawing on her own childhood memories. First the novel depicts the treatment of fun in the 19th century.
After her accident, young Katy is given much love and care; however, she is sad, confined ,ine an black ebony chat room, and, although she has a wheelchair, she never goes further than her bedroom window. The possibility that she could leave her room is barely considered and no-one thinks of moving her to the ground floor.
She copes by making herself and her room so pleasant that everyone comes to her.
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Early on, she goes out in a carriage, but finds the experience so painful that she never tries it again. Thereafter, chaf lives in her bedroom, makes the best of things and waits, hoping to outgrow her injury. There is no physical therapy — instead Katy is warned to avoid too much movement lest she "set herself back". Cousin Helen manages to travel a little, and even goes for a hydrotherapy water cure at one point, but it is made clear that she has no hope of ever walking again. Extract[ edit ] Katy's hair was forever in a snarl; her gowns were always catching on nails and 'tearing themselves'; and, in spite of her age and size, she was as heedless and innocent as of six.
Katy was the longest girl that was ever seen. What she did to make herself grow so, nobody could chwt but ladies seeking nsa aldie she was—up above Papa's ear, and a half a head taller than poor Aunt Izzie. Whenever she stopped to lien about her height she became very awkward, and felt as if she were all legs and elbows, and angles and ts. Happily, her head was so full of other things, of plans and schemes and fancies of all sorts, that she didn't often take time to remember how tall she was.
She was a dear, loving child, for all her careless habits, and made bushels of good resolutions every week of her life, only unluckily she never kept any of them.
She had fits of responsibility about the other children, and longed to set them a good example, but when the chance came, she generally forgot to do so. Katy's days flew like the wind; for when she wasn't studying lessons, or sewing and darning with Aunt Izzie, which she hated extremely, there were always so many delightful schemes rioting in her brains, that all she wished for was ten pairs of hands to carry them out.
The August edition of Storytime featured a new illustrated adaptation with illustrations by Italian artist Marco Guadalupi. References in popular culture[ edit ] "What Katie Did" is the name of a song by the Libertines that may have been inspired by the book.
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The lyrics refer to the characters, e. Both were written by Libertines and Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty. As Katy beats a student at Ms Coote's school, the headmistress says she believes in the "School of Pain".