Study Guide

The Math-Teaching Priest in Alanna: The First Adventure

By Tamora Pierce

The Math-Teaching Priest

Most of the teachers who instruct the pages at court are priests. The one who teaches math happens to be particularly stern, such as when he informs Alanna that math "is a building block…Without it, you cannot hope to construct a safe bridge, a successful war tower or catapult, a windmill or an irrigation wheel" (2.96).

Okay, dude, we get the picture: you really like math!