Emily St. Grayan.
- •Emily read Harriet the Spy once a year, starting in 4th grade. At 27, she was embarrassed to admit she still performed this annual ritual.
- •Of all the childhood habits to keep up, why this one? She used to eat like a rabbit, do math puzzles for fun, and was able put her leg behind her head. These would have all been helpful skills for a modern woman.
- •At 17, Emily lost her copy of Harriet the Spy. The copy she owned now was a replacement. She still thought of it as "the new copy" even though it was now ten years old. It was older than the original copy.
- •Blond hair, green eyes. These were the features she'd always she wanted. She had blond hair and brown eyes. It was a huge difference.
- •She wanted glasses too. Oh, to be called Four Eyes! She saw it as a privilege. Later, a lot of her friends who didn't need glasses wore them to look smart or sexy, depending on the specific inadequacies of their baseline appearances. Emily considered it.
- •In the end, she learned to accept her two brown eyes.