The Weekly Test

Attwoo’clocksharptheclassassembled,includingMissHoneywhonotedthatthejugofwaterandtheglasswereintheproperplace.Thenshetookupapositionstandingrightattheback.Everyonewaited.SuddenlyinmarchedthegiganticfigureoftheHeadmistressinherbeltedsmockandgreenbreeches.

"Goodafternoon,children,"shebarked.

"Goodafternoon,MissTrunchbull,"theychirruped.

TheHeadmistressstoodbeforetheclass,legsapart,handsonhips,glaringatthesmallboysandgirlswhosatnervouslyattheirdesksinfrontofher.

"Notaveryprettysight,"shesaid.Herexpressionwasoneofutterdistaste,asthoughshewerelookingatsomethingadoghaddoneinthemiddleofthefloor."Whatabunchofnauseatinglittlewartsyouare."

Everyonehadthesensetostaysilent.

"Itmakesmevomit",shewenton,"tothinkthatIamgoingtohavetoputupwithaloadofgarbagelikeyouinmyschoolforthenextsixyears.IcanseethatI’mgoingtohavetoexpelasmanyofyouaspossibleassoonaspossibletosavemyselffromgoingroundthebend."Shepausedandsnortedseveraltimes.Itwasacuriousnoise.Youcanhearthesamesortofthingifyouwalkthroughariding-stablewhenthehorsesarebeingfed."Isuppose",shewenton,"yourmothersandfatherstellyouyou’rewonderful.Well,Iamheretotellyoutheopposite,andyou’dbetterbelieveme.Standupeverybody!"

Theyallgotquicklytotheirfeet.

"Nowputyourhandsoutinfrontofyou.AndasIwalkpastIwantyoutoturnthemoversoIcanseeiftheyarecleanonbothsides."

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