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Matilda Chapter 12 Summary

Instructor: Audrey Akins

Audrey has more than a decade of experience teaching elementary. She has a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in education.

Every student has thought about a way to get back at or play a trick on a teacher at school, but most students don't actually do it. Throughout this story, the students have played tricks on Miss Trunchbull, and now Lavender is ready to take her turn at it, too. In Chapter 12 of 'Matilda', Lavender thinks of a way to scare Miss Trunchbull.

Miss Trunchbull is Coming

Miss Honey announced to the class that once a week Miss Trunchbull goes into every class to teach a lesson. She said that Miss Trunchbull would be coming the next day and there were some things that Miss Trunchbull would expect. One thing Miss Honey tells the students is that Miss Trunchbull is strict, or harsh, and that they need to make sure they come to school looking their best. 'Make sure your clothes are clean, your faces are clean and your hands are clean.' She also reminds them that they only need to speak if she speaks to them, to not argue with her, to not answer her back, nor to do anything funny. She even warns them that when she gets angry, it's never a good thing. Another thing she reminds them is 'that she will be testing you on what you are meant to have learnt this week, which is your two-times table', since that's what they have been studying in class. The other thing she needs in preparation for her visit is someone to be in charge of making sure Miss Trunchbull has her normal jug of water and glass when she comes in.

Lavender's Adventurous Side

Lavender volunteered to be responsible for having Miss Trunchbull's jug of water and glass ready when she visits the next day. Miss Honey tells her where she can find it in the school's kitchen. Even though she hasn't pulled any tricks like Matilda or Hortensia so far in the story, she automatically begins to think of something tricky that she could do to Miss Trunchbull. 'Although, Lavender's scheming mind was going over the possibilities that this water-jug job had opened up for her.' Lavender saw pulling a trick on Miss Trunchbull as heroic, or brave. She liked what she had heard Matilda had done to her father, and liked what Hortensia had done to Miss Trunchbull, and wanted to do something like what they had done.

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