Jenny Lind: the Swedish Nightingale

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CHAPTER TWO
The Training of a Star

JENNY became an "aktris-elev" of the Swedish Royal Theater School in September of 1830a month before her tenth birthday on October 6. She was to receive lessons in singing, elocution, dancing, French and "such other branches as belong to the education of a cultivated woman, and are requisite for the theatrical profession," according to the contract Anna Marie had signed. Anna Marie was to be paid for seeing to her daughter's food, shelter, warmth, furniture, clothing, bedding and laundry and "supplying a mother's tender care"; and also for teaching Jenny and the three other boarders from the Theater School piano, religion, history, geography, writing, arithmetic and drawing.

Jenny herself was to receive two Riksdaler Banco a month (about eighty cents) for pocket money, but the contract specified that out of this she was to pay for the needles, thread and materials needed to mend her clothes.

The Royal directors were to be the judges as to the time when Jenny would be considered competent to become an actress in the Royal Theater, draw a salary from the Civil List and start paying back the money her education had cost; and they were also to determine the salary she would receive. At this time a new contract was to be drawn up, by which Jenny was to pledge herself to remain for ten years in the service of the Royal Theater. On the other hand, should Aktris-elev Lind prove to be of no use to the Royal Theater, or fail in the obedience she owed the Royal

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