A must-read for anyone who attended a tradition-filled, all-girls school boarding school.
Last fall, at Miss Porter’s School, in Farmington, Connecticut—attended by generations of debutantes and heiresses, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Barbara Hutton—a student named Tatum Bass confessed to cheating, and was later expelled. Bass’s parents claim the school allowed their daughter to be so bullied by a group of girls, “the Oprichniki,” that she was driven to cheat. Talking to students, alumnae, and the headmistress, the author discovers that Bass violated a deeper, unspoken code as well.
I just mentioned this to Rob (Deerfield 00) and he immediately launched into “I KNOW A GIRL WHO WENT TO MISS PORTERS SHE ONLY WENT THERE BECAUSE SHE GOT KICKED OUT OF DEERFIELD FOR BREAKING SEVEN MAJOR SCHOOL RULES IN A SINGLE NIGHT.”
“Francie thought it was the most beautiful church in Brooklyn. It was made of old gray stone and had twin spires that rose cleanly into the sky, high above the tallest tenements. Inside, the high vaulted ceilings, narrow deepset stained-glass windows and elaborately carved altars made it a miniature cathedral.”—
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Church’s bells just woke me up. I have a direct view of the twin spires.