Matilda Chapter 9 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.

Ever since Matilda wowed her teacher, Miss Honey has felt that there is something very special about Matilda. Although Miss Trunchbull doesn't believe that Matilda is special, Miss Honey decides to put forth more effort to nurture Matilda's natural gift of intelligence.

Miss Honey Fights for Matilda

After talking to Miss Trunchbull about Matilda, Miss Honey realizes that Miss Trunchbull isn't going to do anything to help Matilda continue to grow smarter and smarter. As a result, Miss Honey decides to find books used by higher grade levels so that Matilda will continue to be challenged. ''Her first move was to go round to the various teachers who taught the senior class and borrow from them a number of textbooks, books on algebra, geometry, French, English Literature and the like.'' Miss Honey's plan is to allow Matilda to work on those subjects while she continues to teach kindergarten material to the rest of the class.

Miss Honey Meets the Parents

Unconvinced that Matilda's parents are unaware of how smart Matilda really is, Miss Honey decides to visit her parents between nine and ten o'clock that night to ensure, or guarantee, that Matilda will already be asleep. ''She started wondering whether permission might not be sought from the parents for her to give private tuition to Matilda after school.''

The house Miss Honey arrives at is impressive and grand. She can tell that the house is not cheap, and the personalities of Matilda's parents are not impressive. First, Mr. Wormwood immediately assumes that Matilda has done something wrong, and he doesn't want to take responsibility for her if she has. ''Well, she's your responsibility from now on. You'll have to deal with her.''

After entering the house, Miss Honey feels unwelcome because she is interrupting the family's favorite pastime of watching television. Mr. Wormwood turns the volume down so Mrs. Wormwood can still watch as she listens to Miss Honey speak.

Miss Honey's Surprise

Miss Honey begins to tell Matilda's parents about the level of reading that Matilda can do, but instead of being excited, they feel as if her education is a waste of time. ''A girl should think about making herself look attractive so she can get a good husband later on. Looks is more important than books,'' Matilda's mother says.

Miss Honey also tries to talk about how smart Matilda is in math. ''She can multiply complicated figures in her head like lightning.'' Again, Matilda's parents are not interested.

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