Bruce Bogtrotter and the Cake

"Howcanshegetawaywithit?"LavendersaidtoMatilda."Surelythechildrengohomeandtelltheirmothersandfathers.IknowmyfatherwouldraiseaterrificstinkifItoldhimtheHeadmistresshadgrabbedmebythehairandslungmeovertheplaygroundfence."

"No,hewouldn’t,"Matildasaid,"andI’lltellyouwhy.Hesimplywouldn’tbelieveyou."

"Ofcoursehewould."

"Hewouldn’t,"Matildasaid."Andthereasonisobvious.Yourstorywouldsoundtooridiculoustobebelieved.AndthatistheTrunchbull’sgreatsecret."

"Whatis?"Lavenderasked.

Matildasaid,"Neverdoanythingbyhalvesifyouwanttogetawaywithit.Beoutrageous.Gothewholehog.Makesureeverythingyoudoissocompletelycrazyit’sunbelievable.Noparentisgoingtobelievethispigtailstory,notinamillionyears.Minewouldn’t.They’dcallmealiar."

"Inthatcase",Lavendersaid,"Amanda’smotherisn’tgoingtocutherpigtailsoff."

"No,sheisn’t,"Matildasaid."Amandawilldoitherself.

Youseeifshedoesn’t."

"Doyouthinkshe’smad?"Lavenderasked.

"Who?"

"TheTrunchbull."

"No,Idon’tthinkshe’smad,"Matildasaid."Butshe’sverydangerous.Beinginthisschoolislikebeinginacagewithacobra.Youhavetobeveryfastonyourfeet."

TheygotanotherexampleofhowdangeroustheHeadmistresscouldbeontheverynextday.DuringlunchanannouncementwasmadethatthewholeschoolshouldgointotheAssemblyHallandbeseatedassoonasthemealwasover.

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