Miss Tarango is a brand-new English teacher at St. Daniel’s Boys School. At first, Ishmael is certain she won’t last a term or a week, because Miss Tarango is young and beautiful and seems very nice. But she soon shows that she’s not afraid of any of her students, especially Barry Bagsley, and has her class under control in her first period with them. She does this by demonstrating the “power of language,” challenging Barry to sit in her chair until she circles him three times—but she doesn’t specify when she’ll finish her third circle, and refuses to do so before class breaks for lunch. This embarrasses Barry and immediately makes Miss Tarango Ishmael’s favorite and teacher. Later, Miss Tarango channels her belief in the power of language into helping Scobie start debating teams. Ishmael admires Miss Tarango greatly and is excited to come back to school the following year in part because of her.
Miss Tarango Quotes in Don’t Call Me Ishmael
The Don’t Call Me Ishmael quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Tarango or refer to Miss Tarango. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Greenwillow Books edition of Don’t Call Me Ishmael published in 2007.).
Miss Tarango Character Timeline in Don’t Call Me Ishmael
The timeline below shows where the character Miss Tarango appears in Don’t Call Me Ishmael. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Everything is new—aside, of course, from Barry calling Ishmael “Le Sewer.” Fortunately, the homeroom teacher, Miss Tarango , arrives. Miss Tarango is like no teacher Ishmael has had before. She’s young, pretty,... (full context)
...his friends as they continue to make fun of Ishmael’s name. Later, in English with Miss Tarango , Ishmael is intrigued when Miss Tarango insists that language can empower people. Maybe Ishmael... (full context)
...at the top of the planner’s page—his handwriting is illegible. Ishmael notices that everyone, including Miss Tarango and Barry, are also watching James. Barry might as well be drooling. Ishmael knows James... (full context)
...is telling the truth: he doesn’t look afraid. He didn’t even look appropriately afraid when Miss Tarango introduced him to the class—he looked like the other boys were the new kids. Disdainfully,... (full context)
...of the Thursday assemblies, Ishmael realizes that Scobie isn’t still with him. He nervously tells Miss Tarango that he doesn’t know where Scobie went, and she points to the front of the... (full context)
...And weirdly, the Preston kids don’t seem all that different. Ishmael’s favorite part is when Miss Tarango tells the team that they’re her heroes—and that Bill is her “Jedi knight in shining... (full context)
...school and asks Ishmael to keep this to himself. In a postscript, Scobie acknowledges that Miss Tarango is right: a word like “probably” can do damage. When he’s done reading, Ishmael wonders... (full context)
...how embarrassed and hurt she’d be if Ishmael went through with it. And he decides Miss Tarango doesn’t deserve to be let down. Everyone who came tonight would have their night ruined.... (full context)
...back to torturing people once the Christmas holidays are over. Finally, Brother Jerome releases everyone. Miss Tarango asks Ishmael if he was okay up there. Ishmael insists he was using pauses for... (full context)