Part 6 I Am a ChatterboxDearest Kitty,Our entire class is quaking in its boots.The reason, of course, is the upcoming meeting in which the teachers decide who'll be promoted to the next grade and who'll be kept back.Half the class is making bets.G. Z.and I laugh ourselves sick at the two boys behind us, C.N. and Jacques Kocernoot,who have staked their entire vacation savings on their bet.From morning to night,it's "You're going to pass, No, I'm not," "Yes，you are," "No, I，m not."Even G.'s pleading glances and my angry outbursts can't calm them down.If you ask me, there are so many dummies that about a quarter of the class should be kept back,but teachers are the most unpredictable creatures on earth.Maybe this time they'll be unpredictable in the right direction for a change.I'm not so worried about my girlfriends and myself. We'll make it.The only subject I'm not sure about is math.Anyway, all we can do is wait.Until then, we keep telling each other not to lose heart.I get along pretty well with all my teachers.There are nine of them, seven men and two women.Mr. Keesing, the old fogey who teaches math, was mad at me for the longest time because I talked so much.After several warnings, he assigned me extra homework. An essay on the subject "A Chatterbox."
我是个话匣子Sunday, June 21, 19421942年6月21日，星期日最亲爱的基蒂：我们全班都在瑟瑟发抖，原因当然是近在咫尺的教师大会了，会上老师们将决定哪些人升级，哪些人留级。全班一半的同学都在打赌。我和G.Z.大肆嘲笑坐在我们后面的C.N.和杰克斯・科瑟努特，他们俩把整个假期的积蓄都花在了打赌上。从早到晚，他们俩不断在争论，"你会升级的。" "不，我不会。" "会的，你会的。" "不，我不会。"就算G.Z.瞥他们一眼求他们安静，我暴跳如雷，也堵不上他们的嘴。要是你问我呀，我觉得班上笨人那么多，大概四分之一的人会留在原级，不过老师可是世上最捉摸不透的人啦，他们这次还是会一如既往地难以预料，不过也许他们会换换花样。我对自己和我的女朋友们都不担心，我们准能闯过去的。我唯一担心的科目就是数学。不论如何，我们只能耐心等候，我们不停地鼓励对方不要气馁。我跟所有的老师都相处得很好。我共有九位老师，七位男老师，两位女老师。基辛先生，就是那个年纪大的数学老师，很久以来一直对我很头疼，因为我太喜欢讲话了。他警告我几次后，给我布置了额外的家庭作业，罚我以《话匣子》为题写篇作文。