Whydoes Maddie stand by and not do anything? How is she different fromPeggy? (Was Peggy’s friendship important to Maddie? Why? Whichlines in the text tell you this?)

Maddiealways stood by and never did anything as she was afraid that if shedid, she would be the next target of thechildren. She herself was poor and therefore, felt that if she spokeagainst the others, they would target her next. Unlike her, Peggy wasa rich girl. This was also the reason why Maddie could think fromWanda’s point of view, but Peggy could not. Maddie was Peggy’sbest friend. It seemed as if she was in awe of Peggy. She admired herquite a lot as she said that Peggy was the most liked girl in theroom and that she drew better than anyone else. She did not have thecourage to go against her. Some of the lines from the text which showthat Peggy’s friendship was important to Maddie are as follows.

(i) Peggy, who hadthought up this game, and Maddie, her inseparable friend, were alwaysthe last to leave.

(ii)She was Peggy’s best friend, and Peggy was the best-liked girlin the whole room.

(iii)Peggy could not possibly do anything that was really wrong, shethought.

(iv) Oh,Maddie was sure Peggy would win.

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