Madge dropped her trainer, Tracy Anderson, amid claims of money woes and a dubious résumé.
It is a bedtime story for adults, filled with first names only—Jack and Polly, Jane and Jean, Asa and Madge, Luke and Annie.
Do you know any young person in the village by the name of Madge?
But she did not say much, and when aunt Madge asked her what made her so quiet, she said she was "a-thinkin'."
Madge lay stretched out, face downwards, upon the black loam, and for a moment Tommy stood perplexed.
One night the children clustered about their aunt Madge, begging for a story.
When they got to the house, they found Madge on the sofa, and Mrs. Flippin bending over her.
"Well, let me see," said aunt Madge, covering her eyes with her fingers.
"The Academy is open, Madge," he said quickly; then ran his eye down the long columns.
"O, I begin to understand," said aunt Madge, laughing heartily.