In Part 1, Ruth Elizabeth Cooke speaks about being the youngest of six children, her close relationship with her oldest brother, gathering garnets at Diamond Hill with her father, her love of nature and her natural ability to interpret color. After graduating from Classical High School in 1910, she attended Pembroke where she studied the Classics. Cooke speaks of Professor Manatt and Dean King. She remember playing center on the basketball team. She describes her courses at Pembroke, her early affinity for teaching, her reasons for attending Pembroke, going to Class Night, athletics, academic rigor and heavy social restrictions.
In Part 2, Cooke reflects on the city of Providence, the reputation of Pembroke, her continued connection to her classmates and Brown University and what she might have changed about her college experience.