Describe the changing mood of Miss Meadows in the story The Singing Lesson

Describe the changing mood of Miss Meadows in the story The Singing Lesson

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    When at the beginning Miss Meadows was on her way to the hall to teach her students, she was already not in a good, “cold sharp despair buried deep in her heart.” Her mind was unable to leave the contents of the letter, written by her fiancé, Basil, who wanted to break the engagement. She was miserable and sad after reading the letter. Soon Miss Meadows made her way to the music hall where her favourite student, Mary Beazely, was ready for the daily ritual of presenting the teacher with flowers which Miss Meadows used to accept happily. However, this time she completely ignored Mary Beazely and turned towards the class and told them, “page four teen, please and mark the accents well. The so-called music peace was “A Lament” and it seemed to aptly suit the mood of their teacher, though it was not known to the students. As the music echoed in the hall, Miss Meadows continued being lost in the letter. She then focused on her students and told them it was not the proper way to do it. She asked them to put expression to the song by feeling the sadness, grief and sorrow. They must break on the last line as if they were fading away to die. She then thought that she too would fade away one day as soon as the news of her engagement broken off got spread. Soon she received the news of the headmistress wanting to see her. She rushed to the headmistress’s room who informed she had a telegram for her. The first thought that came in Miss Meadows’s head was that Basil had committed suicide, she quickly tore off the pink letter and read the contents. Basil had written it to say that she should ignore the last letter as he had been mad enough to write it. Miss Meadows couldn’t control her happiness at the prospect of such good news and left for the hall. Only this time her walk was of joy and happiness. When she entered the music hall again, she made it a point to praise the flowers given my Mary and asked the students to sing another song. The song, which they sang at the end, was indeed not a lament but a joyful song, “page thirty-two.” It talked about flowers and fruits and ribbons and Miss Meadows asked her students to feel the happiness, just like she was feeling at that moment, through the song and express it out.

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