Lida," said she to the youngest one, "you must manage without your chemise to-night .
Little Lida screamed, rushed to Polenka and clutched at her, trembling all over.
Soon his eyes rested on little Lida, his favourite, who was shaking in the corner, as though she were in a fit, and staring at him with her wondering childish eyes.
Katerina Ivanovna took little Lida, lifted the boy from the chair, knelt down in the corner by the stove and made the children kneel in front of her.
"He loved Lida most," she went on very seriously without a smile, exactly like grown-up people, "he loved her because she is little and because she is ill, too.
I say my prayers to myself as I am a big girl now, but Kolya and Lida say them aloud with mother.
With first-person narrative, the reader gets to know Lida
's view of the Alice Marshall School as a waste of time, at first, and then as a peaceful place of rejuvenation.