The Third Miracle

ThenextdaywasThursday,andthat,asthewholeofMissHoney’sclassknew,wasthedayonwhichtheHeadmistresswouldtakechargeofthefirstlessonafterlunch.

InthemorningMissHoneysaidtothem,"OneortwoofyoudidnotparticularlyenjoythelastoccasionwhentheHeadmistresstooktheclass,soletusalltrytobeespeciallycarefulandclevertoday.Howareyourears,Eric,afteryourlastencounterwithMissTrunchbull?"

"Shestretchedthem,"Ericsaid."Mymothersaidshe’spositivetheyarebiggerthantheywere."

"AndRupert,"MissHoneysaid,"Iamgladtoseeyoudidn’tloseanyofyourhairafterlastThursday."

"Myheadwasjollysoreafterwards,"Rupertsaid.

"Andyou,Nigel,"MissHoneysaid,"dopleasetrynottobesmart-aleckwiththeHeadmistresstoday.Youwerereallyquitecheekytoherlastweek."

"Ihateher,"Nigelsaid.

"Trynottomakeitsoobvious,"MissHoneysaid."Itdoesn’tpay.She’saverystrongwoman.Shehasmuscleslikesteelropes."

"IwishIwasgrownup,"Nigelsaid."I’dknockherflat."

"Idoubtyouwould,"MissHoneysaid.’’Noonehasevergotthebetterofheryet."

"Whatwillshebetestingusonthisafternoon?"asmallgirlasked.

"Almostcertainlythethree-timestable,"MissHoneysaid.

"That’swhatyouareallmeanttohavelearntthispastweek.

Makesureyouknowit."

Lunchcameandwent.

Afterlunch,theclassreassembled.MissHoneystoodatonesideoftheroom.Theyallsatsilent,apprehensive,waiting.

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