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Mom calls in Miranda to keep time while she practices the flashcards with Richard. After a while, Miranda and Richard switch places.
Miranda's mom takes off her purple sweatshirt, and her hair bounces around her shoulders. This leads Miranda to think about her own hair – straight and brown, which she got from her "nonexistent" dad (9.4).
Miranda blames her dad for her hair, but doesn't hold any other hold grudges against him.
Meg, the heroine in the book Miranda is reading, is looking for her dad too. She travels to the planet Camazotz to save him.
Miranda guesses she doesn't want a dad because she has never had one before, and "A person can't miss something she never had" (9.6).
The three continue their practice. Miranda tells her mom she thinks she'll win. Mom warns her not to get her hopes up.
Hopes are up already. They've put a wish list on the fridge with things to buy on it, like a "trip to China" (9.20).
Richard and Miranda, though, have a secret plan for the money.