Lavender

InthemiddleofthefirstweekofMatilda’sfirstterm,MissHoneysaidtotheclass,"Ihavesomeimportantnewsforyou,solistencarefully.Youtoo,Matilda.Putthatbookdownforamomentandpayattention."

Smalleagerfaceslookedupandlistened.

"ItistheHeadmistress’scustom",MissHoneywenton,"totakeovertheclassforoneperiodeachweek.Shedoesthiswitheveryclassintheschoolandeachclasshasafixeddayandafixedtime.Oursisalwaystwoo’clockonThursdayafternoons,immediatelyafterlunch.Sotomorrowattwoo’clockMissTrunchbullwillbetakingoverfrommeforonelesson.Ishallbehereaswell,ofcourse,butonlyasasilentwitness.Isthatunderstood?"

"Yes,MissHoney,"theychirruped.

"Awordofwarningtoyouall,"MissHoneysaid."TheHeadmistressisverystrictabouteverything.Makesureyourclothesareclean,yourfacesarecleanandyourhandsareclean.Speakonlywhenspokento.Whensheasksyouaquestion,standupatoncebeforeyouanswerit.Neverarguewithher.Neveranswerback.Nevertrytobefunny.Ifyoudo,youwillmakeherangry,andwhentheHeadmistressgetsangryyouhadbetterwatchout."

"Youcansaythatagain,"Lavendermurmured.

"Iamquitesure",MissHoneysaid,"thatshewillbetestingyouonwhatyouaremeanttohavelearntthisweek,whichisyourtwo-timestable.SoIstronglyadviseyoutoswotitupwhenyougethometonight.Getyourmotherorfathertohearyouonit."

"Whatelsewillshetestuson?"someoneasked."Spelling,"MissHoneysaid.

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