Matilda

by

Roald Dahl

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Matilda Wormwood Character Analysis

The protagonist of the novel, Matilda is an exceptionally smart little girl: she could speak like an adult by 18 months and was reading Charles Dickens by age four. But her parents, Mr. Wormwood and Mrs. Wormwood, aren’t proud of her—rather, they can’t wait to get rid of her. Without support at home, Matilda begins visiting the library, where the librarian, Mrs. Phelps, guides Matilda through reading classic novels. Reading helps Matilda develop a moral compass and see that Mr. Wormwood’s used car business is unethical. Though she feels powerless at home, Matilda uses her cleverness to get back at her parents for the way they treat her, such as by hiding a parrot in the chimney to frighten them into thinking there’s a ghost. Matilda enters school knowing how to read and perform complex mental math. This shocks her teacher, Miss Honey, who advocates unsuccessfully for Matilda to be moved into a higher form. As Matilda settles in at school, she makes friends with a girl named Lavender and learns about the student body’s crusade to torment their evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Miss Trunchbull hates Matilda instantly, as she detests precociousness and believes that Matilda is part of a gang. So when Miss Trunchbull discovers a newt in her water glass while she’s teaching Miss Honey’s class, she blames Matilda. The injustice makes Matilda so angry that she taps into a strange power: she’s able to move objects, just by staring at them. Matilda trusts Miss Honey and so she tells her about her power. In return, Miss Honey tells Matilda about how her aunt, Miss Trunchbull, raised her, abused her, and probably killed Miss Honey’s father to take control of the family’s home and money. Wanting to help her teacher, Matilda practices using her power until she’s able to write on the chalkboard, posing as the ghost of Miss Honey’s father, and she tells Miss Trunchbull to return the house to Miss Honey. Several weeks later—and after Matilda has been moved into the highest form—her power disappears. At this point, Mr. Wormwood decides to move the family to Spain. But Matilda convinces her parents to allow her to stay with Miss Honey.

Matilda Wormwood Quotes in Matilda

The Matilda quotes below are all either spoken by Matilda Wormwood or refer to Matilda Wormwood. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Puffin Books edition of Matilda published in 2007.
Chapter 1 Quotes

It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

Some parents go further. They become so blinded by adoration that they manage to convince themselves their child has qualities of genius.

Well, there is nothing very wrong with all this. It’s the way of the world.

Page Number: 7
Explanation and Analysis:

They had a son called Michael and a daughter called Matilda, and the parents looked upon Matilda in particular as nothing more than a scab. A scab is something you have to put up with until the time comes when you can pick it off and flick it away. Mr and Mrs Wormwood looked forward enormously to the time when they could pick their little daughter off and flick her away, preferably into the next county or even further than that.

Page Number: 10
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“My mother goes to Aylesbury every afternoon to play bingo,” Matilda had said. “She doesn’t know I come here.”

“But that’s surely not right,” Mrs Phelps said. “I think you’d better ask her.”

“I’d rather not,” Matilda said. “She doesn’t encourage reading books. Nor does my father.”

“But what do they expect you to do every afternoon in an empty house?”

“Just mooch around and watch the telly.”

“I see.”

“She doesn’t really care what I do,” Matilda said a little sadly.

Mrs Phelps was concerned about the child’s safety on the walk through the fairly busy village High Street and crossing the road, but she decided not to interfere.

Related Characters: Matilda Wormwood (speaker), Mrs. Phelps (speaker), Mrs. Wormwood, Mr. Wormwood
Page Number: 16
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Chapter 2 Quotes

“How long will it run like that before it starts rattling again?” Matilda asked him.

“Long enough for the buyer to get a good distance away,” the father said, grinning. “About a hundred miles.”

“But that’s dishonest, daddy,” Matilda said. “It’s cheating.”

“No one ever got rich being honest,” the father said. “Customers are there to be diddled.”

Related Characters: Matilda Wormwood (speaker), Mr. Wormwood (speaker), Michael “Mike” Wormwood, Miss Trunchbull
Page Number: 23
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The anger inside her went on boiling and boiling, and as she lay in bed that night she made a decision. She decided that every time her father or her mother was beastly to her, she would get her own back in some way or another. A small victory or two would help her to tolerate their idiocities and would stop her from going crazy. You must remember that she was still hardly five years old and it is not easy for somebody as small as that to score points against an all-powerful grown-up. Even so, she was determined to have a go.

Page Number: 29
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Mr Wormwood glared at Matilda. She hadn’t moved. She had somehow trained herself by now to block her ears to the ghastly sound of the dreaded box. She kept right on reading, and for some reason this infuriated the father. Perhaps his anger was intensified because he saw her getting pleasure from something that was beyond his reach.

Related Characters: Mr. Wormwood, Matilda Wormwood
Page Number: 38-39
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Being very small and very young, the only power Matilda had over anyone in her family was brain-power. For sheer cleverness she could run rings around them all. But the fact remained that any five-year-old girl in any family was always obliged to do as she was told, however asinine the orders might be. Thus she was always forced to eat her evening meals out of TV-dinner-trays in front of the dreaded box. She always had to stay alone on weekday afternoons, and whenever she was told to shut up, she had to shut up.

Her safety-valve, the thing that prevented her from going round the bend, was the fun of devising and dishing out these splendid punishments, and the lovely thing was that they seemed to work, at any rate for short periods.

Page Number: 49
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Matilda is a very lucky girl. She has wonderful parents who have already taught her to multiply lots of numbers. Was it your mother, Matilda, who taught you?”

“No, Miss Honey, it wasn’t.”

“You must have a great father then. He must be a brilliant teacher.”

“No, Miss Honey,” Matilda said quietly. “My father did not teach me.”

Related Characters: Miss Honey (speaker), Matilda Wormwood (speaker), Mr. Wormwood, Mrs. Wormwood
Page Number: 73
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Chapter 8 Quotes

Now most head teachers are chosen because they possess a number of fine qualities. They understand children and they have the children’s best interests at heart. They are sympathetic. They are fair and they are deeply interested in education. Miss Trunchbull possessed none of these qualities and how she got her present job was a mystery.

Page Number: 82
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“I have discovered, Miss Honey, during my long career as a teacher that a bad girl is a far more dangerous creature than a bad boy. What’s more, they’re much harder to squash. Squashing a bad girl is like trying to squash a bluebottle. You bang down on it and the darn thing isn’t there. Nasty little things, little girls are.”

Page Number: 85-86
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9 Quotes

She was deciding that she would go herself and have a secret talk with Matilda’s mother and father as soon as possible. She simply refused to let the matter rest where it was. The whole thing was ridiculous. She couldn’t believe that the parents were totally unaware of their daughter’s remarkable talents. After all, Mr Wormwood was a successful motor-car dealer so she presumed that he was a fairly intelligent man himself. In any event, parents never underestimated the abilities of their own children. Quite the reverse.

Page Number: 91
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“A girl should think about making herself look attractive so she can get a good husband later on. Looks is more important than books, Miss Hunky…”

“The name is Honey,” Miss Honey said.

“Now look at me,” Mrs Wormwood said. “Then look at you. You chose books. I chose looks.”

Miss Honey looked at the plain plump person with the smug suet-pudding face who was sitting across the room. “What did you say?” she asked.

“I said you chose books and I chose looks,” Mrs Wormwood said. “And who’s finished up the better off? Me, of course. I’m sitting pretty in a nice house with a successful businessman and you’re left slaving away teaching a lot of nasty little children the ABC.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Wormwood (speaker), Miss Honey (speaker), Mr. Wormwood, Matilda Wormwood
Page Number: 97-98
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Chapter 10 Quotes

Both Matilda and Lavender were enthralled. It was quite clear to them that they were at this moment standing in the presence of a master. Here was somebody who had brought the art of skullduggery to the highest point of perfection, somebody, moreover, who was willing to risk life and limb in pursuit of her calling.

Page Number: 108
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“He simply wouldn’t believe you.”

“Of course he would.”

“He wouldn’t,” Matilda said. “And the reason is obvious. Your story would sound too ridiculous to be believed. And that is the Trunchbull’s great secret.”

“What is?” Lavender asked.

Matilda said, “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable. No parent is going to believe this pigtail story, not in a million years. Mine wouldn’t. They’d call me a liar.”

Related Characters: Matilda Wormwood (speaker), Lavender (speaker), Miss Trunchbull, Amanda Thripp
Page Number: 117
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Already Lavender’s scheming mind was going over the possibilities that this water-jug job had opened up for her. She longed to do something truly heroic. She admired the older girl Hortensia to distraction for the daring deeds she had performed in the school. She also admired Matilda who had sworn her to secrecy about the parrot job she had brought off at home, and also the great hair-oil switch which had bleached her father’s hair. It was her turn now to become a heroine if only she could come up with a brilliant plot.

Page Number: 136
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Chapter 14 Quotes

Matilda, in the second row, sat very still and said nothing. A strange feeling of serenity and confidence was sweeping over her and all of a sudden she found that she was frightened by nobody in the world. With the power of her eyes alone she had compelled a glass of water to tip and spill its contents over the horrible Headmistress, and anybody who could do that could do anything.

Related Characters: Matilda Wormwood, Miss Trunchbull
Related Symbols: Matilda’s Power
Page Number: 168
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 15 Quotes

What she needed was just one person, one wise and sympathetic grown-up who could help her to understand the meaning of this extraordinary happening.

Related Symbols: Matilda’s Power
Page Number: 170
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 16 Quotes

“I myself,” Miss Honey said, “am probably far more bowled over by what you did than you are, and I am trying to find some reasonable explanation.”

“Such as what?” Matilda asked.

“Such as whether or not it’s got something to do with the fact that you are quite exceptionally precocious.”

“What exactly does that word mean?” Matilda said.

“A precocious child,” Miss Honey said, “is one that shows amazing intelligence early on. You are an unbelievably precocious child.”

Related Characters: Miss Honey (speaker), Matilda Wormwood (speaker)
Related Symbols: Matilda’s Power
Page Number: 180
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“I think what I am trying to explain to you,” she said, “is that over the years I became so completely cowed and dominated by this monster of an aunt that when she gave me an order, no matter what it was, I obeyed it instantly. That can happen, you know. And by the time I was ten, I had become her slave. I did all the housework. I made her bed. I washed and ironed for her. I did all the cooking. I learned how to do everything.”

“But surely you could’ve complained to somebody?” Matilda asked.

“To whom?” Miss Honey said. “And anyway, I was far too terrified to complain.”

Related Characters: Miss Honey (speaker), Matilda Wormwood (speaker), Miss Trunchbull
Page Number: 199
Explanation and Analysis:

“You shouldn’t have done that,” Matilda said. “Your salary was your chance of freedom.”

“I know, I know,” Miss Honey said. “But by then I had been her slave nearly all my life and I hadn’t the courage or the guts to say no. I was still petrified of her. She could still hurt me badly.”

Related Characters: Matilda Wormwood (speaker), Miss Honey (speaker), Miss Trunchbull
Page Number: 201
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Chapter 21 Quotes

“While you were in my class you had nothing to do, nothing to make you struggle. Your fairly enormous brain was going crazy with frustration. It was bubbling and boiling away like mad inside your head. There was tremendous energy bottled up in there with nowhere to go, and somehow or other you were able to shoot that energy out through your eyes and make objects move. But now things are different. You are in the top form competing against children more than twice your age and all that mental energy is being used up in class. Your brain is for the first time having to struggle and strive and keep really busy, which is great.”

Related Characters: Miss Honey (speaker), Matilda Wormwood
Related Symbols: Matilda’s Power
Page Number: 129-130
Explanation and Analysis:

Matilda leapt into Miss Honey’s arms and hugged her, and Miss Honey hugged her back, and then the mother and father and brother were inside the car and the car was pulling away with the tyres screaming. The brother gave a wave through the rear window, but the other two didn’t even look back.

Page Number: 240
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Matilda Wormwood Character Timeline in Matilda

The timeline below shows where the character Matilda Wormwood appears in Matilda. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1. The Reader of Books
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...Mrs. Wormwood, are like this. They have an older son, Michael, and a little daughter, Matilda. They hate Matilda in particular and are just waiting for the day when she’s old... (full context)
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Now Michael is pretty normal. But Matilda is exceptional. By 18 months, she could speak perfectly, like a grown-up. But her parents... (full context)
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Matilda spends every afternoon alone while Michael is at school, Mr. Wormwood is at work, and... (full context)
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Mrs. Phelps has been watching Matilda for weeks. Now, as she sees Matilda perusing the shelves, she offers to help Matilda.... (full context)
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Though Mrs. Phelps figures this is ridiculous, she spends the next week watching Matilda rest the heavy book in her lap and read it. Mrs. Phelps is concerned for... (full context)
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Finally, Matilda finishes the book and announces she loved Great Expectations—did Mr. Dickens write other books? With... (full context)
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Matilda especially loves Hemingway, though she admits she doesn’t understand everything he says. Mrs. Phelps assures... (full context)
Chapter 2. Mr. Wormwood, the Great Car Dealer
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...home. One evening, he announces that the key to success is sawdust—and it’s free. When Matilda expresses interest in the subject, he calls her “an ignorant little twit.” But Matilda is... (full context)
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Matilda pipes up that that’s dishonest; Mr. Wormwood is cheating people and she hates his “dirty... (full context)
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Matilda’s anger boils inside her. She hates her parents, though she knows it’s wrong to feel... (full context)
Chapter 3. The Hat and the Superglue
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The next morning, before Mr. Wormwood leaves for work, Matilda sneaks into the cloakroom and, using a walking stick, gets her father’s hat off its... (full context)
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...get his hat off, Mrs. Wormwood tries to yank it off. Mr. Wormwood shrieks and Matilda, nestled in a chair with a book, watches. She innocently asks if her father’s head... (full context)
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Matilda helpfully notes that a little boy once got Superglue on his finger and stuck it... (full context)
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...band of her husband’s hair, but in front, patches of leather stick to his forehead. Matilda earnestly tells her father he looks like he has lice; he must try to get... (full context)
Chapter 4. The Ghost
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...that he’s enraged. She disappears, so Mr. Wormwood strides into the living room and finds Matilda reading. She ignores him when he turns on the television, which angers him even more—she’s... (full context)
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After Mr. Wormwood storms away, Matilda sits silently. She knows she has to strike back, so she asks a neighbor boy,... (full context)
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...all go look together. Each family member picks up something to use as a weapon. Matilda leads the way into the dining room with a knife, but no one’s there—and then... (full context)
Chapter 5. Arithmetic
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Matilda wants nothing more than for her parents to be good, smart people who love her.... (full context)
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Mr. Wormwood and Mrs. Wormwood are civil to Matilda for about a week after the parrot incident. But then, as Matilda and Michael are... (full context)
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Quietly, Matilda says that Mr. Wormwood made 3,303.50 pounds. He scolds her to stop guessing, but then... (full context)
Chapter 6. The Platinum-Blonde Man
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As Matilda eats her “awful” fish and chips, she decides how to punish Mr. Wormwood. The next... (full context)
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Later, Matilda and Michael are eating breakfast in the dining room while Mrs. Wormwood busily cooks up... (full context)
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...Wormwood asks what Mr. Wormwood did to his hair. Michael joins in and shouts too; Matilda stays silent. Mr. Wormwood insists he doesn’t know what everyone is talking about until Michael... (full context)
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...his hair after using so much. Peroxide, after all, is what they clean lavatories with. Matilda suggests her father wash his hair well. As he runs to shampoo his hair, Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 7. Miss Honey
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Since Matilda’s parents aren’t concerned about her education and regularly forget about her, they don’t put her... (full context)
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...should know all their times tables. She asks if anyone already knows their two-times tables. Matilda puts her hand up and, when Miss Honey asks, recites the two-times table—all the way... (full context)
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Miss Honey asks Matilda to stop, then she asks Matilda if she knows two times 28 and then two... (full context)
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Miss Honey is shivery; Matilda is obviously a genius. She lies and assures the other students that they’ll soon be... (full context)
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Miss Honey offers Matilda a book of funny poetry and asks her to read a poem. Matilda reads the... (full context)
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Again, Matilda explains that she taught herself to read and has read every book in the public... (full context)
Chapter 8. The Trunchbull
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During the first break, Miss Honey heads for Miss Trunchbull’s study. Matilda obviously needs to be moved up since she’s so brilliant. Miss Honey knows she has... (full context)
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...asks if the “little stinkers” have been flicking spitballs at Miss Honey. Miss Honey mentions Matilda and at this, Miss Trunchbull interjects that she just bought an almost-new car from Mr.... (full context)
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Finally, Miss Honey tells Miss Trunchbull why she came: Matilda isn’t awful. Matilda is a genius. This word causes Miss Trunchbull’s face to turn purple,... (full context)
Chapter 9. The Parents
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...to the upper-level teachers to borrow textbooks on geometry, literature, and French. Then she calls Matilda over and says that rather than sit and be bored, she should study from the... (full context)
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As she teaches the other students, Miss Honey decides that she must speak with Matilda’s parents. Mr. Wormwood has such a successful business that he must be intelligent, and it’s... (full context)
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So after nine that evening, Miss Honey walks to Matilda’s house and rings the doorbell. She can hear the TV inside. A small, “ratty” man—Mr.... (full context)
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...getting to the good part. Miss Honey introduces herself and sits down. She notes that Matilda came to school today able to read. She asks if Mr. or Mrs. Wormwood taught... (full context)
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Miss Honey says that, regardless, Matilda is brilliant, and her parents should know this. Mrs. Wormwood gripes that Matilda is always... (full context)
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Trying to hold her temper, Miss Honey says that Matilda also seems to be a math genius. Mr. Wormwood doesn’t see the point when calculators... (full context)
Chapter 10. Throwing the Hammer
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According to the narrator, the nice thing about Matilda is that she seems perfectly normal and sensible, unless you bring up literature or math.... (full context)
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...school, the new students learn all manner of tales about Miss Trunchbull. One morning, when Matilda and Lavender are on the playground for morning break, a 10-year-old named Hortensia welcomes them... (full context)
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...So Stories (which the little girls are “too small and stupid to have read”) . Matilda notes that she’s read them, but Hortensia calls her a liar and continues her tale.... (full context)
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Lavender and Matilda are in awe of Hortensia, who’s clearly a master and dedicated to her craft. Hortensia... (full context)
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Matilda and Lavender ask for another story, so Hortensia tells them about a boy named Julius... (full context)
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...her up, swinging her around by her braids before throwing her into the playing field. Matilda asks if the parents ever complain, but Hortensia says parents are afraid of the Trunchbull,... (full context)
Chapter 11. Bruce Bogtrotter and the Cake
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Lavender asks Matilda how the Trunchbull can get away with this; her father would be very upset if... (full context)
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Matilda and Lavender watch, fascinated, as Bruce eats three slices of cake. They’re not sure he... (full context)
Chapter 12. Lavender
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At one point during the first week of class, Miss Honey asks Matilda to pay attention with everyone else: Miss Trunchbull will take over the class every week... (full context)
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Lavender’s mind is spinning. She wants to be heroic like Hortensia, and Matilda has already told Lavender about stuffing the parrot in her parents’ chimney and bleaching her... (full context)
Chapter 13. The Weekly Test
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Matilda’s class sits still and straight in preparation for Miss Trunchbull’s arrival. Miss Honey stands in... (full context)
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...and Miss Honey protests, but the Trunchbull says that boys’ ears are resilient and stretchy. Matilda is shocked and afraid as she watches the Trunchbull coach Eric through spelling “what” correctly.... (full context)
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...Unfortunately, the Trunchbull says, Miss Honey’s students are “morons” and will never read the book. Matilda says quietly that she’s read Nicholas Nickleby. The Trunchbull is incredulous and insists that an... (full context)
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The Trunchbull asks if Matilda thinks she’s a fool. Matilda thinks she is, but she can’t say that—and the Trunchbull... (full context)
Chapter 14. The First Miracle
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Both Matilda and the Trunchbull sit down, and the Trunchbull reaches for her water jug. Before she... (full context)
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...reaction out of her, and she also hates the newt. Sitting back down, she tells Matilda to stand up. Matilda says she didn’t do it but finally stands. Lavender feels guilty,... (full context)
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Matilda screams that she didn’t do it, and the Trunchbull roars back that Matilda must have.... (full context)
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...staring at the newt in the glass. Suddenly, a strange feeling starts to come over Matilda, mostly in her eyes. They feel electric and somehow strong. She doesn’t understand it; it’s... (full context)
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...a roar, she asks who pushed the glass over. When no one answers, she accuses Matilda. But Matilda feels serene and confident—she isn’t afraid of anyone after somehow using the power... (full context)
Chapter 15. The Second Miracle
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Matilda doesn’t follow her classmates. She has to tell someone about what happened—and Miss Honey happens... (full context)
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Miss Honey puts the empty water glass upright and Matilda says she’ll try to do it again; it might take a minute. Matilda stares hard... (full context)
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Matilda’s face is white, trembling, and her eyes are unseeing—and then Matilda seems to come to.... (full context)
Chapter 16. Miss Honey’s Cottage
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Miss Honey leads Matilda down the village’s High Street and onto a country road. Once they’re past the village,... (full context)
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Then, Matilda asks if Miss Honey is afraid she’s going to hurt herself, and she insists that... (full context)
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Matilda realizes she’s never thought of Miss Honey as a real person who doesn’t just live... (full context)
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Matilda hangs back; she’s frightened now. This cottage seems like something out of a fairy tale.... (full context)
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Matilda thoroughly enjoys the task. When she returns with the water, though, she asks how Miss... (full context)
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Miss Honey takes the tray and leads Matilda to the sitting room. Matilda is stunned: the room is tiny and the only furniture... (full context)
Chapter 17. Miss Honey’s Story
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Miss Honey invites Matilda to eat the second slice of bread. As Matilda nibbles, she asks if Miss Honey... (full context)
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Miss Honey says she hasn’t been able to speak to anyone about her problems, but Matilda seems magical, and she’d love to tell Matilda her story. Matilda accepts more tea, and... (full context)
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Matilda asks how Miss Honey’s father died. Miss Honey says it’s all very mysterious; her father... (full context)
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Miss Honey insists the story is over, but Matilda asks how she managed to escape. Miss Honey said that when she got her teaching... (full context)
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...That night, she packed her things, told her aunt she was leaving, and walked out. Matilda praises Miss Honey. Miss Honey says with the money left over after rent, she has... (full context)
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Matilda suggests that Miss Honey quit teaching and collect unemployment, but Miss Honey says she loves... (full context)
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Matilda asks if Miss Honey’s father really intended for the aunt to own the house. Miss... (full context)
Chapter 18. The Names
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Matilda shouts; no wonder Miss Honey was so terrified. When Matilda tells Miss Honey about the... (full context)
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Matilda and Miss Honey walk in silence. Matilda is so lost in thought that she barely... (full context)
Chapter 19. The Practice
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As usual, the Wormwood house is empty. Matilda fishes out one of Mr. Wormwood’s cigars and then locks herself in her room to... (full context)
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Next, she tries to lift the cigar. It takes a huge effort. Matilda practices for another hour—and it’s so exhausting that she falls asleep. Mrs. Wormwood finds her... (full context)
Chapter 20. The Third Miracle
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...chalk keeps writing. It writes that this is Magnus—and at this, Miss Honey glances at Matilda. Matilda’s eyes look like glittering stars. Then, “Magnus” tells the Trunchbull to “give my Jenny... (full context)
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Matilda sits motionless and happy. She feels wonderful—writing with the chalk had been so easy. The... (full context)
Chapter 21. A New Home
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...and the money. Within a few weeks, Miss Honey is living in her family home. Matilda visits her teacher every afternoon after school, and soon they’re great friends. At Crunchem Hall... (full context)
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A few weeks later, when Matilda is having tea with Miss Honey, she reveals that her power seems to be gone.... (full context)
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Matilda adores these evenings with Miss Honey. They speak like equals, and she feels safe and... (full context)
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...and Mrs. Wormwood are stuffing as much as they can into suitcases. Mr. Wormwood tells Matilda to pack; they’re leaving for Spain. Matilda doesn’t want to go, since she loves her... (full context)
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Rather than pack, Matilda runs all the way to Miss Honey’s house. Miss Honey is pruning her roses and... (full context)
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Matilda shouts that she doesn’t want to go with her parents. She wants to live here,... (full context)
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Now, Mr. Wormwood and Mrs. Wormwood are filling the Mercedes with their suitcases. Matilda stops and asks her parents if she can stay with Miss Honey. Mr. Wormwood barely... (full context)