According to Zitkala-Sa what does ‘eating by the formula’ mean?

Question: According to Zitkala-Sa what does ‘eating by the formula’ mean? [CBSE (AI) 2016]

Answer: There was a fixed procedure for breakfast. With the first bell, everyone had to pul the chairs, at the second bell all had to sit down. Finally, at the third bell, everyone had to start eating with forks and knives. Zitkala-Sa called it eating by formula. She felt out of place and started crying.


According to Zitkala-Sa what does ‘eating by the formula’ mean?


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