Miss Honey’s Cottage

MissHoneyjoinedMatildaoutsidetheschoolgatesandthetwoofthemwalkedinsilencethroughthevillageHighStreet.Theypassedthegreengrocerwithhiswindowfullofapplesandoranges,andthebutcherwithbloodylumpsofmeatondisplayandnakedchickenshangingup,andthesmallbank,andthegrocerystoreandtheelectricalshop,andthentheycameoutattheothersideofthevillageontothenarrowcountryroadwheretherewerenopeopleanymoreandveryfewmotor-cars.

Andnowthattheywerealone,Matildaallofasuddenbecamewildlyanimated.Itseemedasthoughavalvehadburstinsideherandagreatgushofenergywasbeingreleased.ShetrottedbesideMissHoneywithwildlittlehopsandherfingersflewasifshewouldscatterthemtothefourwindsandherwordswentofflikefireworks,withterrificspeed.ItwasMissHoneythisandMissHoneythatandMissHoneyIdohonestlyfeelIcouldmovealmostanythingintheworld,notjusttippingoverglassesandlittlethingslikethat...IfeelIcouldtoppletablesandchairs,MissHoney...EvenwhenpeoplearesittinginthechairsIthinkIcouldpushthemover,andbiggerthingstoo,muchbiggerthingsthanchairsandtables...IonlyhavetotakeamomenttogetmyeyesstrongandthenIcanpushitout,thisstrongness,atanythingatallsolongasIamstaringatithardenough...

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