This episode begins with Emily giving Perry a book about President Lincoln, and we see how much effort Perry has to put into learning to read and write with just Emily’s help. He lives with his aunt and they are very poor, she thinks that his learning to read is a waste of time, and he should only live to work. When Jimmy finds out that Perry is learning to read he offers him the opportunity to work before and after school but he remembers his aunt’s words and refuses, he tells Jimmy that he’ll be like President Lincoln, he’ll learn as he works.


       Later at school, Mr Carpenter gives the class the assignment to write a speech about their hopes for the future, and they will present the speech in front of a live audience, and the winner will get a laurel wreath. Emily and Ilse both try to convince Perry to join in the contest but he’s under a lot of pressure from his aunt to only work. They tell Perry that he can do like Lincoln, work and study at the same time, Emily and Ilse both go with Perry to see his aunt in order to convince her to let him enter the contest. After having a argument with his aunt Perry vows to enter and win the contest no matter what.



      When Emily and Ilse tell Mr Carpenter about Perry wanting to join the contest he finds it interesting and says OK, but the other girls lead by Rhoda mock the idea, Rhoda laughs saying that she’s going to win. Perry works harder than ever to get his job done while practicing for the speech contest. As a huge storm hits the island Perry’s aunt worries about Perry and comments on how seriously he’s been keeping up with his chores and working. While Perry is still working at New Moon his aunt becomes worried about him and goes outside to look for him, and while she’s outside, she gets ill and collapses.


      When Perry gets home he finds his aunt in bed and extremely ill and his aunt tells him not to worry about her, but he works hard taking care of her throughout the night. The next day the speech contest begins at the church, and as the day drags on the kids begin their speeches and Emily, Ilse, and Teddy wonders why Perry didn’t shown up for the contest.


      After the speech contest is over Emily and Ilse go to Perry’s house to find him, and they find him by the shoreline vowing not to give up on his dream of learning. Once he finishes his speech to the ocean, Emily and Ilse give him a round of applause and Emily gives Perry the laurel wreath that she got for winning the speech contest. Later, Perry’s aunt tells him that he can attend school if he wants to, Perry hugs his aunt and tells her he’s going to study hard and become a lawyer, and a member of parliament, and then he’ll marry Emily. When the girls hear his declaration, Emily is shocked but Ilse says that it sounds like a good idea to her. Well, that’s all for this episode.



         It was pretty interesting to see a episode focused on Perry, we’ve seen quite a bit of Ilse, Teddy, and Emily’s history but until now Perry was just the boy who worked at the New Moon farm that Emily was helping learn to read and write. Also, it’s interesting to see a time and place when it was considered acceptable for a kid of 11 years to work instead of going to school,  As we all know, if Perry doesn’t get an education he’ll just end up being a general laborer and poor his whole life.

      It was also pretty interesting to see how Perry was inspired by President Lincoln’s life story of moving from poverty to the Presidency of the US. Also, it was nice to see how the help that Emily has been giving Perry in his learning to read and write has paid off, in teaching Perry to read and write Emily triggered a burning desire inside of Perry to better himself. It was very funny watching Emily and Ilse’s reactions to Perry’s life goals, to become a lawyer, to become a member of parliament. and to marry Emily someday! Well, since I had to read the books back in school I know who marries who, but I doubt this series will go that far into the New Moon stories, so if you want to find out the whole New Moon story the books are still available in your local bookseller’s classic section.