The Names

"MissTrunchbull!"Matildacried,jumpingaboutafootintheair."Youmeansheisyouraunt?Shebroughtyouup?"

"Yes,"MissHoneysaid.

"Nowonderyouwereterrified!"Matildacried."Theotherdaywesawhergrabagirlbythepigtailsandthrowherovertheplaygroundfence!"

"Youhaven’tseenanything,"MissHoneysaid."Aftermyfatherdied,whenIwasfiveandahalf,sheusedtomakemebathmyselfallalone.AndifshecameupandthoughtIhadn’twashedproperlyshewouldpushmyheadunderthewaterandholditthere.Butdon’tgetmestartedonwhatsheusedtodo.Thatwon’thelpusatall."

"No,"Matildasaid,"itwon’t."

"Wecamehere",MissHoneysaid,"totalkaboutyouandI’vebeentalkingaboutnothingbutmyselfthewholetime.Ifeellikeafool.Iammuchmoreinterestedinjusthowmuchyoucandowiththoseamazingeyesofyours."

"Icanmovethings,"Matildasaid."IknowIcan.Icanpushthingsover."

"Howwouldyoulikeit",MissHoneysaid,"ifwemadesomeverycautiousexperimentstoseejusthowmuchyoucanmoveandpush?"

Quitesurprisingly,Matildasaid,"Ifyoudon’tmind,MissHoney,IthinkIwouldrathernot.IwanttogohomenowandthinkandthinkaboutallthethingsI’veheardthisafternoon."

MissHoneystoodupatonce."Ofcourse,"shesaid."Ihavekeptyouherefartoolong.Yourmotherwillbestartingtoworry."

"Sheneverdoesthat,"Matildasaid,smiling."ButIwouldliketogohomenowplease,ifyoudon’tmind."

"Comealongthen,"MissHoneysaid."I’msorryIgaveyousucharottentea."

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