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Miss Trunchbull is Coming
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. But Lavender is ready to take her turn at Miss Trunchbull. In Chapter 12 of Matilda, Lavender thinks of a way to scare her teacher.
Miss Honey announces to the class that once a week, Miss Trunchbull comes in to teach a lesson. She says that Miss Trunchbull would be coming the next day and there were some things that she would expect. Miss Honey tells the students 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, not to argue with her, not to answer her back, nor do anything funny. She even warns them that when Miss Trunchbull 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. In preparation for her visit, someone needs to be in charge of making sure Miss Trunchbull has her normal jug of water and glass when she comes in.
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Lavender's Mischievous Side
Lavender volunteers 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: ''Lavender's scheming mind was going over the possibilities that this water-jug job had opened up for her.''
Lavender thinks pulling a trick on Miss Trunchbull will be 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 wants to do something like what they had done.
Lavender has a garden with a pond where a lot of newts lived. The newts are ''about six inches long and very slimy, with greenish-grey skin on top and an orange-coloured belly underneath.'' Newts are amphibious, which can live in or out of water. Her plan is to catch one and put it in Miss Trunchbull's jug of water.
When she finally catches one, she carries it to school hidden in a pencil box. She wants to tell someone about her trick but decides not to, thinking: ''It was better that way because then no one, even when put under the most severe torture, would be able to name her as the culprit.'' Culprit means a person guilty of doing something.
After lunch, she slips the newt into Miss Trunchbull's jug of water. Then she goes outside to play with the other kids until it's time for Miss Trunchbull to come to their class to teach her weekly lesson.
In Chapter 12 of Matilda, Miss Honey informs the class that Miss Trunchbull is coming into the room to teach a lesson. She lets them know all the rules they need to follow, and Lavender volunteers to make sure her jug of water and glass are in the room when she arrives. Lavender also uses the responsibility to play a trick on Miss Trunchbull by putting a newt into the jug of water.
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