Jenny Logue is 5 ft 3 blonde
with blue eyes. She has very distinct petit attractive features. She is most
comfortable in her jeans and favorite sweaters.. People always feel very
comfortable around her. Her English students said she has a personality that
could draw the spirits from heaven. Fitting into the Asian community was never
a problem for Jenny. Sandra had been her best friend since elementary
school..they shared everything. When Jenny went to Berkley..Sandra followed.
Sandra Wang is a spunky rebellious daughter of a prominent Banker in Chinatown.
Mrs. Wang had taken Jenny in after her mother had died in 1983 and cared for
like her own daughter. During the day Jenny is a Speech and Language
Pathologist for Special Needs students at Pomona Elementary School. Three
evenings a week she teaches English to five Asian immigrants. Her classroom is
on the second floor of the Bank of Canton in Chinatown. After class Sandra
usually meets Jenny at the Chinatown House restaurant for dinner. Sandra owns a
nearby art gallery full of Asian artwork and antiquities. Jenny has given all
of her students American names.. Larry is a 25 year old man from Thailand.
Suzie is a very shy 28 year old woman from Beijing. Bertha is a humorous chubby
little 49 year old Japanese woman . And, Bob is a very traditional Vietnamese
42 year old gentleman. They all adore Jenny and look forward to the evenings
when they can practice their new found English skills..
We are near
the end of the class session...
Alright Larry ..have you been practicing?
Yes. Miss Jenny..
(stands up..smiles) Ahem.. Rice.. Right.. Ridiculous..leal..
Very good Larry..now lets try it again..
Ridiculous and REAL
Ok.. (nervous) Rice..Right..Ridiculous and REAL
Excellent!! Now you have your homework for Monday..keep praticing your
pronounciation.. You are all doing a wonderful job! Congratulations!
Everyone packs up their backs and
bows respectfully to Jenny as they leave the room.. Bertha is the last one to
Miss Jenny are you ok tonight? You seem very..umm.. how you say..umm..
Preoccupied.. Yes maybe a little. I had some strange things happen to
Yes.. I could tell.. The spirits are very close to you today. But
dont worry ev-lything is fine. I have the gift you know..I can see you
have many stories.. (smiles)
Yes.. I believe I do have many stories..Thank you for
telling me that. I feel better now. Now becareful going down those stairs
tonight. We dont want you to have another tumble. I will see you again on
Ok Miss Jenny.
Have a nice dinner with Sandra tonight..Tell I say hello..
I will.. Goodnight.
Jenny grabs her
packback from under her desk and slowly walks towards the door...Two serious
looking Asian men open the door. They are dressed in suits and on is carrying a
briefcase..Jenny is nervous..
Im sorry class is over. We have another class on Monday that
starts at 6:30 pm if you would like to come back then please
Mr. Yi (smiles)
No.. Not me. I am
employed by a very distinguished actor from China who has come to America to
work in Hollywood. However his English is very poor and we would like your
assistance. ( Passes a buisness card to Jenny) I wont keep you any
longer. Please think about my proposal.. If you are interested call the number
on the card. The fee will be $100 per lesson.
hem.. Well.. eh.. yes.. I will have to
think about it. Thank you. Ill give you a call soon to let you know. Good
evening Mr. Yi
Good evening Miss Logue.
The two gentlemen leave the classroom and Jenny
flumps onto her chair.. What a day! (Thinks to herself) $100 per lesson will
get me through the Summer months while school is out .. I wont have to
work at Mr. Wangs bank and I will have time to spare! Wow! I have to go
tell Sandra!! She jumps up and runs down the hallway.. down the stairs and next
door to the Chinatown restaurant
Written by Isabel Hodge