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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Emily of Emerald Hill - MYE2008

Format of the Secondary Two (Normal Academic) Literature in English MYE 2008 paper:

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total marks: 80/80
Number of Questions to attempt: One essay on Emily of Emerald Hill
One pssage based question (all sub-questions) on Emily
One poetry OR one prose passage

Study Hard for EXCELLENT results - MYE 2008

Dear Secondary Three (Normal Academic) students,

We have come to the end of Semester One's learning. Many skills have been taught in the classroom and so it's time for us to sit the examinations at half-time.

We should be preparing for all aspects of 1189 Papers 1 and 2:

Paper 1 Free Composition + Situational Writing
Paper 2 Reading Comprehension + Summary Writing

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Yeo Yam Hwee at

Remedial time slots - Mondays to Fridays - any time after 3:15 pm daily. Come,seek and you shall receive.

Work hard and reap the rewards.

Sunday, February 17, 2008



All students sat the Term 1 Common Test (Literature) on 18 February 2008 (Monday)

Answer ALL questions (25 marks)

(iii)(i) What do you think of Emily as a mother based on her conversation here with Richard? How do her attitude and behaviour affect her relationship with Richard?

Emily is a caring and loving mother who dotes on her “boy-boy” Richard. She is proud of him who is a “big strong sonny” who is going to be twenty years old the next day. Emily obviously enjoys teasing and with Richard because she savours being the “beautiful mother”. She attends to the details to help Richard prepare for his trip to England – ordering custom made riding boots and collecting passports.

At the same, she is the kind of mother who takes charge of her children and expects them to obey. She sees to Richard’s needs and plans her day around him. She also expects Richard to comply with her wishes and instructions. In this scene, Emily plans to take Richard for “fittings” to “make five woolen suits at Chotirmall’s. When Richard raises his concerns and declines to accompany her because he wants to go riding at the polo ground, Emily tells him matter-of-factly that she “knows all his plans when she make her arrangements”. Here she is implying that Richard has no grounds not to accompany her to the tailor. She simply does not take “no” for an answer.

She is also very concerned with the kind of friends Richard mixes around with. She seems to know his friends well because she can actually name them: “Kok Beng, Peter, Joe…” We can tell from here that she keeps a close watch on her son’s involvement with his friends. However, at the same time, she can be rather snobbish and judgmental. She decides whom Richard should or should not invite to his birthday party. She specifically rejects one of Richard’s friends, “Chong Soo Boey”, telling the audience and her son that that boy will “get into trouble one of these days” because he is a “samseng”. She tells her son matter-of-factly that she “does not like him to mix with Chong”. She further explains to Richard that she chooses his friends because “all she wants is for him to be a good boy”. She claims she merely wants him to “make her proud of him”. At the same time, Emily wants Richard to understand that her “happiness” must never be sacrificed. She brushes any protests by Richard aside by telling him not to “worry about his friend” because their friendship is not to be taken seriously. She expects it to end when Richard leaves for England in six weeks’ time.

Although Richard is almost twenty, Emily still treats him like a child. She loves him but perhaps her love is so overwhelming that she becomes blind to the fact that her son is almost like a grown man, She does not allow Richard to have time to do his own activity, such as riding. She keep tabs on his schedule and she can appear quite intimidating when she tells him that “she knows all her plans when she make her arrangements”. Her sharpness leaves Richard with little or no room for manoeuvre. Richard seems to have no freedom to make or change his decisions at all. He has to listen and obey his mother all the time or she will be “unhappy”. Emily’s emotional blackmailing works because Richard has been conditioned to obey her probably from the time when he was very young.

Her mother-knows-best attitude probably also makes Richard feel that he has to let his mother make all the decisions for him. This is probably why, although Richard is leaving for England, she, and not he, is the one busily making most, if not all, the preparations. While she is genuinely concerned that he should be keeping the right company, her snobbish attitude leveled against “trouble makers”, may influenced irreversibly Richard’s understanding of what friendship is all about. She not only denies Richard the freedom to have his friends, she impresses upon him, how sad she will be if he invites the wrong people to his party. When Richard tries to play down the issue on whether or not to invite Chong Soo Boey, Emily warns him “not to pretend that he doesn’t care what she says”. So Richard has to be the “good” boy, so that Emily will always be “happy”.

Emily simply demands Richard’s total obedience but she does not realize that Richard has his own thoughts, ideas and wishes. She also does not realize that her happiness does not translate into Richard’s happiness. Emily has a tight control over Richard in terms of how he should think or act. She has either, by her forceful or bossy nature, kept Richard in check. Richard, as a young man of twenty, must feel very restricted by his mother’s constant prodding into actions she desires, reminding of duties and obligations, and emotional blackmailing.

(iv)(ii) What feelings do you have for Richard after reading this extract?

Richard is no longer a child but a young man of twenty. However Emily seems to have him on a tight leash. Although Emily is a loving and caring mother, she does not hesitate to remind Richard that unless he does as she pleases, she will be unhappy. She has also conditioned Richard to feel bad or guilty if she ever becomes unhappy. So over time, Richard learns to please his mother. I feel sorry for him because he cannot be happy if what he does or does not do is based on whether it is going to please his mother or not.

Richard has to make provision to spend time with Emily, for instance. Emily is displeased when Richard tells her he is not free in the afternoon. Her immediate rebuttal is “what do you mean not free”. Richard does not have any room to come up with any excuses because Emily tells him point-blank that “she knows all his plans when she makes any arrangements”. There is an implication here that Richard cannot lie. She would know if he does. If I were Richard, I would feel rather pressurized. It would seem from here then that Richard does not have any free moment to himself at all. His time is at his mother’s disposal.

I also feel that because Emily smothers Richard with her love and attention, she practically takes charge of his life. In this scene, Richard leaves it to her mother to prepare his trip to London – where to make the woollen suits and how many to make. She even takes care of his passport application. Richard’s relationship with the mother cannot develop normally here because her over-attentiveness may either spoil or frustrate her son. I feel that Richard does not have any opportunities at all to go about doing things that a young man ought to experience. I doubt if he is able to grow and develop normally as a young man.

Richard is not allowed to decide who gets to be his friend and who does not. He has to put up with Emily kicking up a fuss over who gets invited to his birthday party and who does not. Here again, he is unable to express his freedom of choice. I feel again sorry for him because his life is once again made difficult by Emily’s emotional blackmailing. Richard cannot express openly that he does not agree with his mother’s opinions. He is always forced to drop his own opinion in favour of his mother’s. Given Emily’s forceful personality, there is very little opportunity for Richard to make up his own mind or stick to any decision he makes.

I feel that Richard cannot be truly happy if Emily keeps on making decisions which affects him on his behalf. He does not pose any real challenge to his mother in this scene but over time, especially when he is now almost twenty, I can safely assume that after all these years, he might have already become a doormat for his mother. Instead of a young man who is capable of making firm decisions and sticking to them, he might have become a weakling who does not have a mind of his own. Despite a mother’s good intention and loving care, Richard does not seem destined to have a future because his present life is overwhelmed by her wishes and demands.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Regarding TERM ONE COMMON TEST issued to students on 14 February 2008
Literature in English prepared by Yeo Yam Hwee


Date of Common Test: 18 February 2008 (Monday)
Starting Time: 0800 hours
Duration: 45 minutes
Total marks: 25 / 25
Questions: Answer ALL three questions in paragraphs. YOU are advised to write as much as you can. DO NOT give ONE-SENTENCE or very short answers.



Read the text – Emily of Emerald Hill carefully from pages 2 to 10.
Read the resources given to you by the teacher in your Literature File.
Review the lessons covered by the teacher.

During the test period please take note of the following:

Read the extract (a short portion of the actual play taken from anywhere between pages 2 and 10 of your textbook) BEFORE you begin writing.

Remember to support what you say by referring to the given extract.

Read the questions carefully before writing.

Good luck.


Study for your test and write a lot during the test and you will be rewarded.
I do not test what is not taught in class. The test concerns what you should have already learnt and understood in class.
For more information, go to my blog at before 18 February 2008.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


[1] Read the following article carefully.
[2] Answer ALL three questions which follow.

Sourced by Yeo Yam Hwee

Friends, I was sent this story and hope you all take the time out to read it and reflect over the moral.

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Then unexpectedly, a sinister thought entered his mind. Why should the other man alone experience all the pleasures of seeing everything while he himself never got to see anything? It did not seem fair. At first thought the man felt ashamed. But as the days passed and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon turned him sour. He began to brood and he found himself unable to sleep. He should be by that window – that thought, and only that thought now controlled his life.

Late one night as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window grasped for the button to call for help. Listening from across the room he never moved, never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse running in. In less than five minutes, the coughing stopped, along with that the sound of breathing.

Now there was only silence – deadly silence.

The following morning the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take it away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and seeing that he was comfortable, left for a few minutes. Painfully, he grabbed himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it all himself.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”

A friend’s Epilogue…

You can interpret the story in any way you like. But one moral stands out: There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money cannot buy. Love heals, unites and sets free.

Anonymous Author

Answer ALL questions by replying to this article in this blog.
Do not submit any written document.
Do not discuss with your friends.

Question 1: Based on your own experience, (without referring back to the story you have just read) explain and elaborate on what “happiness” means to you?

Question 2: Based on your own experience, do you think “happiness” comes to you naturally, or do you have to work hard for it to happen to you?

Question 3: Based on what you read of the two men in this story, explain clearly and in detail, who do you think the “happy” man is.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Secondary Three B and C.2008

Secondary Three (Normal Academic) English Language

Please make sure you have your copy of the "O" level Distinction in English Comprehension handy with you and always bring it along with you when you attend my lessons. You should work on any suitable sections of the book at your own time. Please start the ball rolling. Time is precious. Thank you.

Posted by Yeo Yam Hwee on 17 January 2008 (Thursday)

Emily of Emerald Hill

Posted 17 January 2008 (Thursday)

To all secondary Two BCD students:
We've begun on EMILY of EMERALD HILL at last in T1W3.2008. Hopefully all of us have finished reading it on your own at least once. (Actually, once is never enough!)

Here are some of the questions which we will want to ask ourselves:

[1] Based on what you read in the introductory STAGE DIRECTIONS, what impression[s] do you have of EMILY?
[2] Do you think EMILY is somebody you can admire?
[3] What do you think EMILY has achieved or failed to achieved?
[4] Is she your hero or do you think she is a villain in disguise?

Please respond to these questions using this blog. Post your comments to this entry.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


There is only one character, Emily. She wears the sarong kebaya of a modern (educated, exposed to western ideas, open-minded, living a modern lifestyle, non-traditional) Nonya; jade bangle, brooches and ear studs, her hair in a bun(she must have had a lot of free time; she has no need to do manual work). When the play opens she is in her mid-thirties (she is a woman who has a lot of life experiences), but during the play she will move back and forward through time and through a range of milieux (time frames and situations) – “Age cannot wither her(she is quite unaffected by the passing of time; she is ageless and always seems so full of energy), nor custom stale for infinite variety(she cannot be held back by anything which surrounds her; she is always moving on with life no matter what; she continues to throw surprises in the way she laeds her life.”

The play opens in 1950. (That was pre-independent Singapore.)

One set is used throughout the play. It suggests a Baba mansion built at the turn of the century; with plastered walls, covered to a height of one metre with ornamental tiles, interrupted perhaps by Grecian columns or marble statues.

On the walls towards stage right hang group photographs of a large family, and portraits of the patriarch and matriarch; also a large oil-painting of Emily as a young bride, in full traditional costume.

Near stage centre is a large chair of rosewood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Beside it is a similar occasional table on which stands a telephone. Two wheeled trolleys stand in the wings until needed.
There is an “auxiliary acting area’ – a side stage, or merely the area in front of the curtains.
Literrature in English Secondary 2 BCD and Secondary 3BCD(elective)
Concerning Writing About Literature Term 1 Week 3. 2008
17 January 2008 Yeo Yam Hwee

Understand the importance of reading the given text carefully. Never mind if you do not understand what you read the first time round. Read again. If you really must, read it again. If something escapes you because it is difficult or the account is beyond your personal experience, it should not bother you to use your imagination to make an intelligent guess at what the text is trying to say to you. What you are doing each time you read is called engaging with the text”. The very first skill any student of Literature needs to acquire and sustain (i.e. make it a lifelong habit) is an active interest and curiosity in what you read. Listen for what the writer of the text is trying to say, or more importantly, to communicate with you.

When you read, you should be asking yourselves questions like: What am I reading? What is the setting of this text? Is there anything interesting or significant? Whose story is it? What is the text talking about? Does it have a theme? How is it being told to you? What is the shape or structure of the text like? Do you think the writer (a real human being, like you and me) is angry, excited, happy, sad or feeling dejected when he is talking (writing) to you? There are so many exciting questions that you should plant in your mind. You become an investigator of your own lives and the lives of other people, chiefly the characters who come alive in the stories we are going to read together during the year.

In Literature, we learn to write in order to express our thoughts and feelings on what we read. This is a process of affirming and reaffirming our understanding. We sharpen our senses by becoming better readers, listeners and observers when we write more and more about the things, the events and the characters we read about.

In order to establish our thinking process, for a start, here are some of the beginning words you should use every time you wish to write about your thoughts and feelings:

I think that….
I can see that…
I feel that….
My concern with this text is that…
It is probably true to say that…
It is possible for us to say that…
I feel strongly about ….
I am in favour of ….
I sympathise with…
I do not think that…
I cannot understand why….
It is difficult for me to believe that….
It is shocking to read that…
It is quite beyond my experience to read that…
I realize that…
I am surprised by…
I do not know whether to…. or not.
I do not agree with…
I totally agree with..
I do not feel sorry for…
I feel very sorry for….
Based on the evidence, I can safely say that…
And the list goes on.
Attention all Sec 3BCD Literature (E) students: Redo your UNSEEN PROSE questions based on Adeline Ng Ai Choo (below) and hand it in to Mr. Yeo by T1W4.2008 (Next week, first lesson).

Those without the handout, please see below. The full set of text and questions is reproduced here.

Read the extract and answer the questions that follow:


Adeline Ng Ai Choo, aged fourteen, plunged twelve storeys to her death, because she had asked for one more mark for her answer script in an English Language examination, and had been refused. This was what our reporter learnt from a teacher in Adeline’s school. Her body was found lying at the foot of a block of flats in Toa Payoh this morning. She had jumped from the twelfth storey from which police later recovered a pair of slippers and a handbag. A note found in the handbag addressed to her parents read, “Dearest Dad and Mum, sorry to be a disappointment to you.” A diary was also found in her bag. Adeline was an only child.”


1. What strikes you as the ONE most important feature in the above text?
2. How does the writer succeed in capturing your attention?
3. How believable is the plot? Why or why not?
4. Who has your sympathy?
5. What do you think is likely to follow afterwards? Why so?

Secondary 3BCD - Adeline Ng Ai Choo

Deadline for RESUBMISSION of Adeline Ng Ai Choo (Unseen) Task

Some students did not join the class when I first gave out this piece of work. Anyway, the very first task was meant to diagnose your respective writing abilities. I have already a good idea. Some wrote better, far better than others. Some more conscientious than others...etc.

So this time round, having already gone through with you my expectations by supplying you with a model answer, I will be grading your essay. So do your best. Hand it in by the next week the first lesson (T1W4.2008).

Those without the worksheets must get it from those who have it.

Posted by Yeo Yam Hwee 16 January 2008 (Wednesday)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mr. Rashidi's Book Recommendation for your December 2007 Reading

Reading is an important activity which you have to undertake on your own. SO DO NOT WAIT FOR YOUR FELLOW CLASSMATES OR TEACHER TO TELL YOU WHAT TO DO.

LAST DECEMBER however, the English Department via Mr. Rashidi, has provided a list of books which you should have looked up for your reading pleasure. Since ALL of you in 3B and 3C have claimed that you were unaware of the list, I am providing you the original list here in full.

Instructions: ALL Secondary Three B and C students will have to make a PURPOSEFUL trip to our SCHOOL LIBRARY to select a book for some serious reading. You are expected to submit a BOOK REVIEW on that chosen book at a later date. I will inform you when to hand in your work.

NOTE: THE BOOK which you choose NEED NOT COME FROM MR. RASHIDI's list but I will have to insist that it must be suitable for you and I must approve of it. Simple as that!

So here you go, the ORIGINAL LIST from Mr. Rashidi:

Refer to the reading list below. All books are found in the National Library Board records.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach
The Red Judge by Pauline Fisk
St. Dale by Sharyn McCrumb
The Woman in the Last Carriage by Felix Cheong
Nailed by Patrick Jones
The Prize by K S Maniam
A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma
The Lambs of London by Peter Ackroyd
Zorro by Isabelle Allende
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

Posted by Yeo Yam Hwee on 16 January 2008 (Wednesday)
For all Secondary Three B and C students (2008)

I have reissued the DECEMBER 2008 HOLIDAY ASSIGNMENT in Term 1 Week 3 (THIS WEEK, 16 January 2008). Now this is a CONTINUAL ASSESSMENT for TERM 1.2008. Swim along with the rest of SINK ALONE.


So, for those who miss the hard copy which I have distributed this morning. Here is the soft copy.




EXTENDED TO: TERM 1 WEEK 4 (Hand in to Mr. Yeo on the FIRST EL Lesson)

All questions can be answered by writing an essay or a story which explores the topic in an interesting and relevant way.

1 "You have to have a dream or you go nowhere". (Kofi Annan)

2 An inter-galactic market research company is canvassing opinions on whether Planet Earth is suitable material for "first contact". What do you think?

3 What advice would you give to a family living with teenagers?

4 EITHER "This is where I live" OR "These are the things which make me who I am".

5 Blue.

6 The Commonwealth Question: The theme for Commonwealth Day 2008 is "The Environment: Our Future". Discuss the likely impact of climate change on life as you know it. What is to be done?


POSTED ON 16 January 2008
All my English Language and Literature students are welcome to write to me by posting their comments and so on in this blog. However, let me lay down these ground rules:

[1] Love yourself - Do not write in an irresponsible way which may cause unhappiness and displeasure to anybody. Be a good Hildan.

[2] Love your neighbour[s] - Be considerate. Do not use this blog for making comments which have nothing to do with discussions on ENGLISH LANGUAGE and LITERATURE.

[3] Love your school and this blog - Do not misuse or abuse this cyerspace. Any wrongdoer will be severely singled out and justice will be meted out. Don't even think of asking for "a second chance". Anything that is published on the internet IMMEDIATELY becomes PUBLIC information. You cannot say, "I AM SORRY!"

So I will only attempt to reply if you write sensibly. The student must write his or her FULL name and the CLASS which s/he is from in 2008. REMEMBER, do not ABUSE this blog.

Yeo Yam Hwee - 15 January 2008

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

For all Secondary Three LITERATURE (ELECTIVE) students.

[1] Please read the book and finish it by end of T1Week3.2008.

[2] I would like you to pay attention to CHAPTER 73 first. In this chapter, our PROTAGONIST (the hero of the novel), Christopher John Francis Boone, reveals to us (in fact, he bares it all) his so-called "BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS". I think Christopher, who at the point in his retelling of his story, only "15 years and 3 months and 2 days" old, is an interesting young man. He does not like people to touch him and yet he comes right clean by telling us all his behaviour problems. He is honest about it, too honest perhaps.

So get to the page and the chapter.

I don't assume you have already read the book at least once. I expect it.
15 January 2008 (Tuesday) The rain had stopped.

Please READ when you are YOUNG.
Please READ when you are HUNGRY FOR KNOWLEDGE.
Please READ when you are CURIOUS ABOUT LIFE.
Please READ when you are FEELING AFRAID.
Please READ when you are ADVENTUROUS.

Please READ.

The following books are really interesting:

1. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. A Passage To India by E M Forster
4. Where Angels Fear To Tread by E M Forster
5. Jurassic Park (Read the book, the movie is skindeep only) by MichaelCrichton

I shall update you on more. Please use our school library. If they don't have these books, politely request the library to procure them. ("To procure" means "to obtain by purchasing".)

The Use of Symbols in Literature

15 January 2008 (Tuesday) Sunny in the morning, cloudy during the day, and rainy in the late afternoon.

For all secondary two and three Literature students,

We must be conscious of human beings' use of symbols - please note: a symbol is a sign which we immediately recognise as having an implied meaning which we share. For example, the RED CROSS flag tells us that medical aid is at hand; the CROSSBONES and SKULL tells us that we are going to be raided by the pirates in due course if we do not steer clear of them.

So when we examine closely the portrait of A SAD FAMILY, we should consider certain things which are symbolic to us. NOBODY is TOO YOUNG to UNDERSTAND SYMBOLS.

We know what [1] a naked light bulb hanging from a singular wire,
[2] a table which has one leg shorter than the other three and has to be propped up by a book
and [3] the image of an aeroplane which appears on the T.V. screen

These are but THREE of the many examples of how SYMBOLS (SIGNS which become relevant to us because we share our understanding and knowledge about them) are being used to deliver to us meanings about the portrait which the painter (writer) is trying to tell us.


For Sec Two Students who were absent from my Literature classes in Term 1 Week 2 (T1W2),

Please understand that you will need to know the 4 components which are useful in your reading of the PLAY- Emily of Emerald Hil:

"S" stands for "Setting" which helps us to understand, for instance,

CHARACTERISATION - The kind of person(ality) Emily is / the kind of company she keeps.
LOCATION - The place where the story of Emily takes place = SINGAPORE
TIMING/PERIOD - Is the play about the present, the past or the future.

"T" stands for "Trouble" which helps us to understand what makes the story of EMILY interesting, exciting and relevant to us readers. What exactly drives Emily? What makes her such an interesting or "TROUBLESOME" character? Does she bring happiness or sadness to herself or the people around her?

"A" stands for "Action" - We should be interested in Emily's interaction with the other supporting characters in the play. Emily has a stake in the resulting death of her eldest son, Richard. Emily and her husband, Mr. Gan Joo Kheong - are they ever in love with each other? Emily keeps herself busy by meddling in other people's business, but we are going to have mixed feelings about her. Ask yourselves - why so?

"R" stands for "Resolution" - We know that every story must somehow come to an end. Emily is no exception. We need to ask ourselves - Do we like the way the play "Emily" comes to an end? How effective is the ending? Does the ending do justice to the powerful motherly figure of "Emily"? Does the ending make you feel proud or sorry for Emily's life experiences? Have all her contributions and machinations brought about desirable returns? Does the feeling make us happy or sad?

So remember the acronym - S.T.A.R.
Dear 2BCDs of St Hilda's Secondary School,

I am sure by the end of Term 1 Week Two (T1W2), you would all have gotten yourselves a Literature File each.

2B is BLUE
2C is RED
2D is RED as well.

Also please begin reading EMILY OF EMERALD HILL. You've to begin reading BEFORE I begin EMILY in class.

Yeo Yam Hwee 15 January 2008 Thanks.