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Budge Wilson: The Metaphor

"The Metaphor" is a short story about a young protagonist named Charlotte and her favourite teacher, Miss Hancock. Budge Wilson


is a Canadian writer highly acclaimed for her young adult books. She was born in Nova Scotia but spent many years in Ontario before she decided to go back to her birthplace. When she picked up writing late in life, she could look back upon careers ranging from fitness instruction, commercial art, photography and teaching. The short story below is from her collection The Leaving (1990) and may mirror experiences from her formative years in high school or her own career as a teacher.

Miss Hancock teaches Charlotte and her junior high school mates about figurative language and introduces them to the metaphor. In the seventh grade Miss Hancock is a heroine. But what happens when Charlotte's childhood heroine re-enters her life in senior high?

Used with permission from Penguin Group.

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