Matilda Chapter 18 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.

Matilda has spent the school day with Miss Honey and spent time with her after school. Matilda got to go to Miss Honey's house, drink tea, and learn about her life before she became a teacher. By this point, Matilda has heard enough.

Matilda Hears Enough

Matilda is still in shock that Miss Trunchbull is Miss Honey's aunt. This explains how Miss Honey knows that Miss Trunchbull is so strict and why Miss Honey is so terrified, or very afraid, of her. Miss Honey tells Matilda that if she didn't bathe correctly as a child, her aunt would push her head under her bathwater and hold it there. Miss Honey doesn't want to tell more about her aunt, and Matilda doesn't want to hear more about it either.

After a while, Miss Honey realizes that the original reason for bringing Matilda to her house - to find out what she can do with her power to move things - hasn't happened. She offers Matilda the chance to do ''some very cautious experiments to see just how much she can move and push,'' but Matilda declines. She decides that she would like to go home after hearing all the things that Miss Honey talked about, so that she can think about what she has heard.

Miss Honey Walks Matilda Home

Although they had talked a lot about Miss Honey, on the way home, Matilda is quiet on purpose. ''Miss Honey sensed that Matilda wanted it that way.'' Matilda's mind wanders along the walk home, and by the time they get to the gate to her house, Miss Honey reminds her not to say anything about what they talked about.

Matilda agrees to not talk about it, but she doesn't agree that she can forget about it like Miss Honey wants her to. Matilda even admits that what they talked about at Miss Honey's house is what she has been thinking about on the way home. Matilda may even have an idea for Miss Honey, but she insists that Matilda not do anything.

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