It is time for recess and Mrs. Baker tells all of the kids except Holling to go to recess. It is a beautiful day, so the kids are very excited to go outside. Holling is mad that he does not get to go to recess on this great day and is a little bit curious as to why Mrs. Baker is making him stay inside.
"Okay class, you can go to recess now. Holling stay in the classroom."
Mrs. Baker is telling Holling that he has to do a couple of things for her before he can go out to recess. Holling is very mad about this.
"Holling, you may be wondering why I made you stay in the classroom during recess. I made you stay in the classroom because I thought you 'd be the perfect person to do some things for me. I want you to erase all of the math problem on the chalkboard. Then when you are done, come see me so I can tell you what to do next."
Holling is still doing tasks for Mrs. Baker while the other kids are at recess. Now, he is putting things on the bulletin board outside of Mrs. Baker's classroom. Mrs. Baker says that he can go to recess when he is done, but by the time he is done, recess will already be over. Holling is very upset that he had to stay inside with Mrs. Baker instead of going outside on this beautiful day. This scene is significant to the novel because it proves that Holling was right when he said that Mrs. Baker does not like him and that she is trying to make his day miserable.
"When you are finished you can go out to recess."