Alissa is twelve years old when her father sends her to work in the city. Soon she wants to leave her work and go to school. Is it an impossible dream?
История о 12-летней девочке Алисе, которую отец отправляет в город работать.
Она очень несчастна, ведь родной отец ее не любит, а люди, к которым она попадает, относятся к ней, как к рабыне.
Изменится ли ее судьба, или она так и останется работать в ужасных условиях?
Вскоре у Алисы появляется стремление бросить работу и пойти учиться. Станет ли реальностью мечта девочки?
Alissa runs to the door. There is a car outside the house. Her father is talking to a fat man.
“This is Alissa. She reads all day,” her father says. The two men laugh.
“Alissa,” her father says. “My friend has work for you in the city. There isn”t any work here in the village. You must go with him.”
“How old are you?” he asks.
“I’m twelve,” she says.
The fat man laughs again. Alissa doesn’t like him. She doesn’t want to go with this man. She wants to go to school in the village. She likes school. She likes reading.
“Your mother is packing your things. You must go to the city,” her father says.
The fat man gives some money to Alissa’s father. Alissa’s father is pleased and happy. Alissa is angry and afraid.
Alissa does not want to go with this man. But she must obey her father.
“Here is your room,” the thin man says to Alissa. He points to a door under the steps.
Alissa goes into the room. The room is small and dark. It is her new home.
“This is Alissa,” the man says to his wife. “She likes reading.” They laugh.
Suddenly the woman shouts at Alissa. “You aren’t going to read here,” she shouts. “You’re going to cook and clean and wash.”
Alissa works fifteen hours a day. The woman shouts at her every day. Alissa is very unhappy. She cries every night.
The thin man takes her to a clothes shop in the city. The shop owner is a large woman. She gives the man some money. He goes away. He doesn’t say goodbye to Alissa.
The girls work all day. They make clothes. They work twelve hours a day. At midday, they eat lunch. After lunch, they rest for ten minutes. At night, they sleep on the floor.
The shop owner is surprised. The other girls can’t read.
“Can you write? Can you count?” the shop owner asks.
“Yes, I can,” Alissa says.
“Come,” the shop owner says. “You are going to work in the shop.”
One of the customers is a tall and pretty lady. She always smiles at Alissa. She gives Alissa small presents.
“Here is your purse,” Alissa says. The lady smiles. She takes some money from the purse.
“Thank you,” she says to Alissa. “You are an honest girl. Take this money.”
“No, no,” says Alissa. “I don’t want your money.”
She runs back to the shop. The shop owner shouts at her.
“Don’t leave the shop again!” she shouts. “I pay you a lot of money. I pay you to work. I don’t pay you to run out into the street!”
“You don’t pay me a lot of money,” she shouts. “I’m a slave here.”
“You’re an ungrateful girl,” the large woman says. “You have a bed and food and money. Do you want more?”
“Yes, I do,” Alissa says. She is crying now.
“Wait,” a quiet voice says. The tall lady is standing at the door.
“Alissa isn’t ungrateful,” the tall lady says. “She is an honest girl.”
“Aren’t you happy here?” she asks. “What do you want?”
Alissa says, “I want to go to school.”
“You must pay me,” the shop owner says.
“No,” the tall lady says, “Alissa isn’t a slave.”
“Pack your things, Alissa,” she says. “We will go home now.”
Alissa goes with the tall lady. She is going to a new home. She is going to be happy.