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Review:BookDinosaur says:
Sorry for being so late! Gah! -BookDinosaur- here with your requested review.

I loved Merissa in this chapter. I feel that your charcterisation of her is coming along really well. We really got to see her curiosity with the whole question about accidental magic and her loyalty and sense of duty to her family, and her sense of caution with the not metioning magic thing. I really enjoyed reading about her here. I liked the part where she just ended the recital on the pianoforte-I felt so sorry for her with all the pressure ffrom her family on her, and it showed she wasn't afraid to bluff things out when she needed to. :)

By the way, that's a really interesting point-no more magical accidents when they're at Hogwarts. I never picked up on that, but it's interesting.

I liked how you changed the spell and told us via the teacher-I guess you're right, Latin is used in spells a lot and at that point it was normal for them to learn Latin (I think) so they would have had a lot more spells, and those spells would be more precise. I'd never have thought of that myself, so well done on those two points!

I loved your portrayal of Merissa's lessons, and the female teacher in Charms. I guess she's there to tell us the Wizarding World was actually a better placee for women? Either way, I'm glad you skipped to Charms, it reminds me of Harry's education.

I liked the fairytale, it showed that she really did care for her sister, but I'm just wondering why she's doing this. I mean, I understand it must be pretty important to the story if it's part of the title, but is Merissa just desperate to tell someone about the magic in Hogwarts, or is there another reason?

Anyway, apart from that little issue I have there, this was a great chapter I really enjoyed reading. :)

Author's Response: Thank you very much!

Some of her problems with the pianoforte is she doesn't like how it sounds and she really wants to learn a different instrument so she's not really putting the effort into learning the pianoforte. But, I agree with her about how some of the music is written to where it's difficult to read and you have to decipher what you ought to be playing.

Yes, Latin was one of the languages that was learned (though girls were not expected to learn it as they were to learn only French). Thank you!

I would think that it'd be a little easier for women in the wizarding world to achieve their goals, though it would still be difficult given the society's viewpoint during that time.

Merissa knows that she can't write home about magic to her parents. One, her father is very reserved about magic and two, if her letters were read by someone other than her parents - there's a lot of servants in the household also - then her parents could lose everything.

So while she writes her mother letters that include nothing magical, she writes to her two younger sisters in a fairytale style. This will allow her sisters to know what to expect at Hogwarts for one and she is fairly certain that her mother will read the fairytales also and will keep up with what she's doing.

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing!

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