The Trunchbull

Intheinterval,MissHoneylefttheclassroomandheadedstraightfortheHeadmistress’sstudy.Shefeltwildlyexcited.Shehadjustmetasmallgirlwhopossessed,orsoitseemedtoher,quiteextraordinaryqualitiesofbrilliance.Therehadnotbeentimeyettofindoutexactlyhowbrilliantthechildwas,butMissHoneyhadlearnedenoughtorealisethatsomethinghadtobedoneaboutitassoonaspossible.Itwouldberidiculoustoleaveachildlikethatstuckinthebottomform.

NormallyMissHoneywasterrifiedoftheHeadmistressandkeptwellawayfromher,butatthismomentshefeltreadytotakeonanybody.Sheknockedonthedoorofthedreadedprivatestudy."Enter!"boomedthedeepanddangerousvoiceofMissTrunchbull.MissHoneywentin.

Nowmostheadteachersarechosenbecausetheypossessanumberoffinequalities.Theyunderstandchildrenandtheyhavethechildren’sbestinterestsatheart.Theyaresympathetic.Theyarefairandtheyaredeeplyinterestedineducation.MissTrunchbullpossessednoneofthesequalitiesandhowsheevergotherpresentjobwasamystery.

Shewasaboveallamostformidablefemale.Shehadoncebeenafamousathlete,andevennowthemuscleswerestillclearlyinevidence.Youcouldseetheminthebull-neck,inthebigshoulders,inthethickarms,inthesinewywristsandinthepowerfullegs.Lookingather,yougotthefeelingthatthiswassomeonewhocouldbendironbarsandteartelephonedirectoriesinhalf.Herface,I’mafraid,wasneitherathingofbeautynorajoyforever.

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