Mr. Stetman is still determinedly trying to teach his class algebra; Melinda admires him, but refuses to learn or pay attention, even though he is trying to get the class interested through “Real-Life Application[s]” of algebra. A problem about guppies gets off track, and the class begins to debate animal rights. Melinda, meanwhile, watches the snow fall outside the window.
The students of Merryweather High remain disruptive and ridiculous. Melinda, meanwhile, stays as disconnected and disengaged as always. She makes no attempt to understand algebra, or even to watch her teacher.