Harriet soon shows herself to be a talented skater, and she starts to
take, and pass, the same skating tests that Lalla does. Lalla, on the
other hand, is much more of a performer than a figure skater and starts
to have trouble with various figures she needs to learn for tests. Lalla
becomes jealous of Harriet and tells her that if she takes and passes
her next skating test, Lalla will tell her aunt that she does not want
Harriet to have lessons with her any more. Distraught, Harriet pretends
to once again be ill while she decides what to do. But when Lalla hears
that Harriet is seriously ill, she faints and later explains how
nervous, miserable and guilty she feels. Lalla and Harriet go for a
holiday together with their families and they talk about their futures.
Lalla's coach tells her that she will never be a good enough figure
skater to succeed in competitions, but that she could be a fantastic
show skater and performer; whereas Harriet has potential to be a great
skater one day, as she is better at the figures required to do well.
Both girls are thrilled with their 'plans' and the story closes with
them as children, though it is implied that both are successful.