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Speak Part 4, Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

Melinda decides to pretend to be sick, only to find that she actually does have a fever. She tells her mom that she doesn’t feel well. Her mother responds that if she’s talking, she really must be sick.
Even when she doesn’t intend to be mean, Melinda’s mother is still brusque and insulting.
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