Frieda had a love/hate relationship with school. Since her family was poor, as evidenced by the many siblings she had, she was looked down upon from her more well-off classmates. It was considered “uncool” to be poor even in those days.
Frieda was a very intelligent child and she enjoyed learning, however the constant tormenting from her more well-off peers made attending school daunting.
One example was when the boy who sat behind her in class dipped the end of her long braids into the inkwell on his desk unbeknownst to her. This of course had the effect of leaving black ink all over the back of her dress. Her family was poor so she only had one school dress to wear each day, and one dress for church on Sundays. The ink was unfortunately impossible to remove.
The consequence of this was a severe beating when she got home, despite it not being her fault. From then on she always made sure her braids were always pulled forward so that no mischievous classmate could do that to her again.