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None of the torments Francie undergoes can undermine her love of learning. The brutal days were intermittently broken up by the arrival of the music teacher and the drawing teacher. For Francie, those were "the gold and silver sun-splash in the great muddy river of school days."
Words on the page also begin to have meaning, and Francie knew she would never again be lonely. Books, and all the individuals in them, would be her lifelong friends.
Every reader remembers that one special teacher who turned learning into something important. For Francie, arts education is both a literal and a figurative escape. Moreover, the unparalleled excitement over a discovery like reading transforms Francie's life. For years, her mother has read to her and Neeley, and even if she often didn't understand what the words meant, new worlds opened up. Now, with meaning directly attached to the words she reads, Francie is free in an entirely new way.