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Cherri Leng and Caroline headed to finishing school in Boston. They experienced
the usual culture shock but quickly got over it.
In order to get Cherri enrolled Les had to go to Boston in person. He
finally had to bribe the dean in order to get her enrolled along with Caroline.
The school didn’t want to accept Chinese and it took Les another couple of days
the get the teachers adjusted to the idea of a Chinese girl in their class.
It would have been a lot easier to enroll an Indian girl
than Cherri Leng but Les wouldn’t be denied. Before long, Les realized the staff had been
threatened by the Irish and Italian families who wanted their offspring in the
He stayed a few days after they were in their classes to
make sure that no one was going to try to be superior to or bully the girls.
Before he left he made one more stop at the dean’s office
and told him which students would try to trouble his girls and said when they
do my girls will straighten them out and I don’t want you to come down on them
for standing up for themselves.
Les said goodbye to Cherri and Caroline and headed home to
comes and leaves
As soon as Les had headed home some of the seniors began to
hassle Cherri. They wanted to show the younger girls how to make the new girls
Cherri had Caroline watch the door to the showers and she
snatched the hair of the nearest girl and dragged her out of the shower cubicle
naked. She held her down until she cried and then released her.
She looked around and said, “Who’s next?” and started after
She slammed this one down and said, “These are the new
rules. There will be no attempts to bully me and Caroline and no gossip
concerning us or else.”
All the Girls Wanted to be Friends with China Doll
From that time on there were no more whispering about them. Within a short time all the girls wanted to be
friends with the girls.
Cherri laughed and said to Caroline; “I guess we know how to
make friends with this crowd. I should
have told them the chicken hawk story for there is something magical about it.”
After the first year they came home for the summer and Les
observing them said, “I think they have ruined my girls.”
Sarah said, “Don’t you see they have made real ladies out of
During the summer James warned the girls not to tease the
younger cowhands for they would take things too serious and it would just cause
trouble for Les or one of the brothers.
He encouraged them to enjoy the dances they held once a
month but let that be it.
Young May Leng was in the middle of everything the girls
did. She wanted to know all about their dating and what the boys in the academy
did to attract girls.
Cherri would only tell her that she was too young to think
about boys but when she was older she would tell her everything.
She allowed May Leng to read what she was writing to some
boys she knew and one in particular named Herman or Hermie as she called him.
May wanted to know of Cherri was interested enough to marry
him. She said if Cherri didn’t want him
then she would take him.
Cherri said, ‘You better not let Mai hear you talk like that
for she would give you a spanking.
It was about then that Cherri realized her little sister was
growing up and was interested in the opposite sex.
She sat May down and told her some facts of life that Mai
hadn’t bothered to tell her.
As soon as Tom the teacher, met Caroline he was attracted to
her. He went and told Les how he felt about her. Les told him to slow down for
she was going to complete her schooling before she would be considering getting
Tom said he understood but he wanted to make his feelings
known so she could be thinking about him during the next semester. He spent as
much time with Caroline and Cherri as possible until they left for school for
this next year.
Caroline was friendly albeit a bit standoffish whereas
Cherri was open and friendly. By the time for them to head back to school Tom
had made quite a lot of headway with Caroline (or so he thought). He did manage to extract a promise from her to
write him at least once a week.
There were a couple of girls who decided to stay in school
longer than they might have since Tom was the teacher. They knew he was
interested in Caroline but at this point they hadn’t given up on him yet. They
were enamored by his dimples when he smiled.
He had dealt with young girls while he was taking his
teachers classes and knew how to not hurt their feelings when they got too
Caroline didn’t follow through with her promise to write
every week. She would write every other week and the notes were short and not
romantic at all.
Cherri wrote him quite often and there was warmth that was
missing in Caroline’s letters.
Just before graduation Sarah received a letter from Caroline
saying she was engaged to a man just finishing law school.
He was going to join
his father’s firm and eventually expected to make a lot of money. His family
was well off and had strong societal connections.
When the wedding date arrived Sarah managed to get Les to
travel to Chicago
for the nuptials.
Cherri came home with Sarah and Les and James picked them up
when they arrived.
down for a while
Renee’s did some tutoring of kids who missed quite a bit of
school due to having to work on either a ranch or farm.
With school being out Tom was gone quite a bit.
Les would ask him where he had been but couldn’t get much
information out of him.
When he was home he and Cherri spent time together and she
would tell him the news about Caroline. She
told him Caroline was going to have a baby and that caused Tom to have a
strange feeling about things as they had played out.
He had hoped he would have been the one to father her
children, but it wasn’t to be.
When the baby was born Cherri told Tom and from that time on
he had very few thoughts about Caroline.
It seemed that the birth of her child
ended his interest in her.
As he examined his feelings he couldn’t explain what
happened to him.
It was as if a death had occurred and she no longer had
control of his feelings.
Cherri told him it wasn’t about you for Caroline had a
strong feeling for you but she couldn’t bring herself to marry someone who made
such a small salary.
Town people didn’t hold teachers in high esteem, because
were considered to be far down on the list of importance.