1446. Agnes had experienced ear pulling and related affronts in school where she knew instinctively that she had to accept it, but in the museum it was a different matter. Since she did not know the secretary, and the secretary did not know her, at the right moment she snatched her ear free and fled out the door. But she was mistaken, the secretary did know her because she did part time book-keeping at her school.
1447. She was one of those women who think that their authority extends far beyond the limits of the institutions in which they are employed, and firmly believed that their impulses had to be correct since they are able to find confirmation for their actions in the religious tracts they read all the time.
1448. Agnes went to the corner and waited for her mother to come and pick her up. On the way home she said not one word about what had happened in the museum, and hoped the incident was over but at dinner the phone rang and she had a sudden flash of fear that it was possible for some total stranger to track her down to her home and inform on her.
1449. Indeed it was the secretary book-keeper calling to tell her mother and father that Agnes was in the museum that afternoon looking at the dirty sculptures. Her father said, "To my way of thinking there aren't any dirty sculptures in the museum so I am not sure exactly what you are referring to." He was silent for a while listening, and then he said, "You simple-minded idiot, don't ever call here again, and he slammed the phone down into the receiver.