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In the first volume of the trilogy Celestine there were many positive and negative influences in the life of Celestine The Indian Department discouraged Celestine in many ways Father Victor Gaudet also played an important role in her life Lastly Celestine faced struggles with her family at home Some of the positive and negative influences in Celestines life were the discouragement of the Indian Department Father Victor Gaudet and her struggles at home Celestine had many conflicts at the Laing Center To be admitted to grade one at the Laing Center a child had to have at least one half year of kindergarten Sister Candida would not accept Celestine because she hadnt attended kindergarten Then there were Celestines encounters with Mrs Hoffman at the Church of Christ United Separate School CCU Mrs Hoffman disliked Indians perhaps because her husband had had an affair with one She heard about it and left her husband for a couple of weeks Celestine had arrived late to class one morning As she walked into the classroom she could feel the teachers disgusting glance After class was over Mrs Hoffman grabbed Celestines arm tightly as she was about to leave Mrs Hoffman had heard that Celestine had been to the bars so she threatened to send Celestine to the principals office the next time she went to those bars Celestine did not let her anger overcome her and was victorious in that situation Unfortunately for Celestine this next encounter would have a different outcome During another session Mrs Hoffman had asked Celestine who the mayor of Battle City was When Celestine couldnt answer quickly Mrs Hoffman tried to put pressure on Celestine by rushing her After thinking about it for a while Celestines reply was her grandfather Chief Moses Deer This sent the class into an Julius uproar Mrs Hoffman silenced the room by shouting Oh youre nothing but a dumb Indian Piepenburg 280 Celestine
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