PART ONE - LIFE AT GATESHEAD
Suddenly the door opened. John Reed ran in.
"Where are you, your little rat? " he said. He did not see my hiding place. "Eliza! Georgy! Jane is not here! Tell Mamma she's gone outside - what a bad girl she is! "
"How lucky I drew the curtain! " I thought. I knew he would never find me, because he was very stupid. But his sister Eliza was not stupid,and she knew exactly where I was.
"She's in the window seat,John!" she said. Immediately I came out, because I did not want them to be angry with me. "What do you want?" I asked him.
"Say,what would you like,Master Reed? "he said, sitting in a comfortable chair. "I want you to come here."
John Reed was fourteen, and I was only ten. He was large, ugly, and fat. He often ate too much at meals which made him look like a pig. Usually he was away at school, but his mother had made him come home for a while, because she thought his health was not good. He did not have anything to do but fight with his sisters, get into trouble with Bessie, and treat me badly.