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Matilda Chapter 14 Summary

Instructor: Audrey Akins

Audrey has more than a decade of experience teaching elementary. She has a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in education.

Miss Trunchbull's visit to Miss Honey's class hasn't been the best experience for the students, but in this chapter, the tables are turned. Miss Trunchbull begins to see what it feels like to be on the receiving end of bad behavior.

Miss Trunchbull's Hate for Children

Miss Trunchbull takes a seat and begins to share her personal thoughts about children. She thinks they are disgusting and should be gotten rid of as soon as possible. She suggests ways to get rid of them, such as using flypaper and fly spray. Miss Honey tells Miss Trunchbull that, if this is a joke, it's not funny. And Miss Trunchbull confirms that it's no joke at all--'my idea of a perfect school, Miss Honey, is one that has no children in it at all.' After hearing this, Miss Honey believes that Miss Trunchbull is the one that should gotten rid of.

Lavender's Newt

After giving her opinion of children, Miss Trunchbull pours the water from the water jug that Lavender has prepared for her. The newt that Lavender put into the water jug pours out into the glass. 'The Trunchbull let out a yell and leapt off her chair as though a firecracker had gone off underneath her.' She can't tell what the animal is and calls it a snake, crocodile, and an alligator.

Miss Trunchbull is furious, or very angry, that someone had scared her. Her eyes show how angry she is, and she points the blame at Matilda. Matilda denies putting the newt in the water and stands firm that she is innocent. Miss Trunchbull continues to blame her and tells her that she will no longer attend school there. 'I shall personally see to it that you are put away in a place where not even the crows can land their droppings on you!'

Matilda's Powers

By now, Matilda has stopped arguing with Miss Trunchbull and sits at her desk, angry that she has been accused of something she didn't do. 'Matilda felt herself getting angrier...and angrier...and angrier...so unbearably angry that something was bound to explode inside her very soon.'

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