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Review:MargaretLane says:
Hmm, I really wonder what was wrong with Benjamin there. Could it have something to do with piggy-back rides? I don't see how, unless he made the mistake of giving Martha one when they thought they were alone and somebody saw them.

*laughs at the comment about Dean's dad greeting him fondly* What's she expecting? A typical evil stepfather? I kind of understand what she means though.

It was only at the mention that the small owl might kill her that I made a connection between the owls and Benjamin. Mind you, I've no idea what the connection IS, but it's just occurred to me they might be disquieted by something to do with him. I'd assumed all along you just meant that as a bit of humour and I've only just realised it could be significant.

I've never managed to figure out whether giving students things like grades immediately or keeping them back is more likely to cause lack of concentration. On the whole, I think getting something immediately might be less problem because at least once you'd read it, you might be able to pay attention again whereas if you're waiting you're not going to be able to concentrate on anything else. Though in Sally-Anne's case, I guess if she read the letter and it DID contain any information about her mother, she wouldn't be able to concentrate anyway, because she'd be too fascinated by that.

Wouldn't she be excited if she found out Remus was her father!

Author's Response: Are you sure you haven't read the prequel?! Sorry about the outburst, but that's what I thought when I read the first paragraph of this review! Benjamin's sudden mood change is a direct reference to the prequel and I'm astonished by your inference skills! :D

Sally-Anne doesn't really know what to think about other families. Having adopted parents is one thing, but having one biological and one step-parent could be a whole other realm. At least, that's what going on in her mind.

I've tried to passively sprinkle in incidents involving animals in general, such as not liking Sally-Anne and attacking without provocation. Now that's you're thinking more about Benjamin in a not-so-nice light, it's probably becoming easier to see the oddities in her life. *smiles*

As far as academic assignments go, I feel that passing back grades immediately is best only if the teacher intends to review what the correct answers are. If a teacher passes back grades and plans to teach his/her lesson, some students might get distracted because they either want to compare their grades with their friends or, for those who didn't do so well, might dwell over their mistakes for the whole period and not learn anything for the upcoming test. Sorry, I've had a lot of experience contemplating that very issue. But in regards to Sally-Anne's problems, I can't see any professor giving her the letter right away since mail is supposed to be delivered at breakfast. (And giving her the letter at the end of class helps move along the plot in the right direction!)

*smacks forehead* I should have had Sally-Anne think of that possibility! But she already knows that Marta and her look alike, and neither Marta nor Remus have Sally-Anne's black hair.

Again, thank you for another wonderful review!


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