by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak Chapter 56 Summary
- Melinda is put in Merryweather In-School Suspension – MISS, for short.
- This is her "Consequence" (56.1) for skipping school.
- She had to sign a contract. The contract lists a whole bunch of things she isn't supposed to do and what will happen to her if she does them.
- For being late to class, she is supposed to write an essay. She doesn't want to, so she skips school and winds up in MISS.
- In MISS, everybody is supposed to be quiet and look straight ahead.
- Mr. Neck is here (groan) to make sure they do.
- There are three people in MISS with her. One guy looks wild; another does not.
- The third person in MISS with Melinda is Andy Evans. Her breakfast turns to acid.
- She learns that Andy is in MISS because a teacher thinks he has "an authority problem" (56.7).
- Melinda feels like a rabbit again, afraid to move.
- We are told, "When Mr. Neck isn't looking, [Andy] blows in [Melinda's] ear" (56.11).
- She wants to murder him.
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