At first glance we are introduced to a group of learners, on a stage as it were. Gradually, with Stevick’s prompting, Carla and her friends tell their stories, each different yet each contributing to a coherent theme. These stories can be read as they stand, as personal accounts. Yet for the learner and for the teacher who sees them as representatives of a broader population, they can usefully be examined in the light of contemporary theories and models. This is exactly what Stevick does in his own commentaries. Notice, though, how he speaks with them and not against them, highlighting what they say and drawing out from their accounts key issues for second language teaching and learning.