How does Nick feel right before his report?

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Nick is scheduled to make a report on the English language to the whole class. However, he doesn't have a title for it; in fact, he only makes one up on the spot after prompting from Mrs. Granger. And that is after he has actually started speaking. Before all this happens, poor Nick is not feeling too great. It's lunchtime on the day of the big report and it's fair to say he is dreading the prospect of standing up in front of the whole class and talking for what will doubtless seem like an eternity. He has a bad feeling in the pit of his stomach, so clearly he is incredibly nervous. His mood isn't helped by the state of his notes: they're all mixed up and don't seem to make much sense. That grand plan he'd conceived the previous night has gone by the board; it just seems impossible to realize now. So it's no wonder that Nick is not feeling very well.