Chapter 1, Bolton Gardens
* Beatrix's childhood is described as mundane and routine.
* The Potter family would often go away on holidays. During the summer, the family would go to Scotland.
* Beatrix is described as a quiet and solitary child.
* Beatrix's father was a barrister and enjoyed amateur photography.
* Compared to her parents, Beatrix's grandparents were original and wild.
* Rupert, Beatrix's grandfather, was a Liberal MP. He died with vast sums of money. Beatrix's grandmother was a Crompton, a famous and proud British family.
* Beatrix believed in the ideas of heredity.
Chapter 2, Summer Holidays
* Beatrix did not take part in her parents' lives, but the solitude did not bother her.
* Beatrix liked her schoolmistress, Miss Hammond, but she left eventually. Beatrix didn't mind educating herself.
* Beatrix disliked her childhood surroundings. She did enjoy the beauty of Scotland during the summers though.
* Beatrix often played with her brother, Bertram.
* Bertram and...
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