Mr. Freeman is in trouble. The school thinks he's been giving out too many As.
The giant canvas stands unfinished. Mr. Freeman is too depressed to work on it.
It's freezing cold in the room, but nobody wants to complain to Mr. Freeman.
Melinda is trying to carve a tree in linoleum. She accidentally cuts her thumb on the linoleum knife. Mr. Freeman gives her a tissue and washes the knife with bleach. Melinda shakes her head "no" when Mr. Freeman asks if she wants to see the nurse.
Before Mr. Freeman gives Melinda back the knife, he uses it to slash his canvas.
Everybody in the class is shocked.
The chapter ends with Melinda's report card. She gets Ds in Attitude and Social Studies, an A in Art, a B in Biology, and Cs in everything else.