Matilda is blamed even though she obviously did not touch the glass and even though Miss Honey defends her, her principle is still furious.
After she storms out and the children go to recess, Matilda tries to explain what had happened to Miss Honey. Miss Honey listens intently and has Matilda try to move another glass with her mind.
After the glass does in fact tip over, Miss Honey promises Matilda she will keep her powers a secret. She invites Matilda over to her own house and Matilda is surprised that her teacher finds her so special. On the way, she tells Matilda how she needs to be careful with her powers because she doesn't know if they are dangerous.
When they finally get to her house, Matilda notices it is more like a cottage. Miss Honey tells Matilda about how she doesn't take normal baths and how she instead heats up water and gives herself sponge baths. This makes it clear to Matilda that Miss Honey has very little money.
Miss Honey pours Matilda some tea and gets her a snack. She reveals that she usually just eats what is provided at school. Matilda is very interested in her teacher's life.
They drink tea and talk about life. Miss Honey's mother died when she was young and so her mean aunt came to live with her and her father. When her father had also died, her aunt abused her. She explains that she couldn't fight back because her aunt gave her money.