The Second Miracle

Matildadidnotjointherushtogetoutoftheclassroom.Aftertheotherchildrenhadalldisappeared,sheremainedatherdesk,quietandthoughtful.Sheknewshehadtotellsomebodyaboutwhathadhappenedwiththeglass.Shecouldn’tpossiblykeepagiganticsecretlikethatbottledupinsideher.Whatsheneededwasjustoneperson,onewiseandsympatheticgrown-upwhocouldhelphertounderstandthemeaningofthisextraordinaryhappening.

Neitherhermothernorherfatherwouldbeofanyuseatall.Iftheybelievedherstory,anditwasdoubtfultheywould,theyalmostcertainlywouldfailtorealisewhatanastoundingeventitwasthathadtakenplaceintheclassroomthatafternoon.Onthespurofthemoment,MatildadecidedthattheonepersonshewouldliketoconfideinwasMissHoney.

MatildaandMissHoneywerenowtheonlytwoleftintheclass-room.MissHoneyhadseatedherselfathertableandwasrifflingthroughsomepapers.Shelookedupandsaid,"Well,Matilda,aren’tyougoingoutsidewiththeothers?"

Matildasaid,"PleasemayItalktoyouforamoment?""Ofcourseyoumay.What’stroublingyou?""Somethingverypeculiarhashappenedtome,MissHoney."

MissHoneybecameinstantlyalert.EversincethetwodisastrousmeetingsshehadhadrecentlyaboutMatilda,thefirstwiththeHeadmistressandthesecondwiththedreadfulMrandMrsWormwood,MissHoneyhadbeenthinkingagreatdealaboutthischildandwonderinghowshecouldhelpher.

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