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** Maybe a little less so when you consider that children sometimes do that as they [[ChildrenAreInnocent don't understand just what the ramifications]] - it's not uncommon for children, especially ones Matilda's age, making death threats or threats of violence and not actually mean it because they don't understand it. Matilda very likely overheard it from the telly ''or'' even learned it from one of her books.


* Miss Honey acts as a MamaBear for Matilda, but she seems to accept [[spoiler: the abuse Aunt Trunchbull bestowed on her with stoic resignation]]. Part of the reason is that she sees great potential in Matilda, the grace and confidence that [[spoiler: Trunchbull squelched in Miss Honey when the latter was a child]], and part of it is knowing what it's like to have [[TraumaCongaLine the world tear away]] [[BrokenBird that confidence]]. Miss Honey in both the book and movie doesn't believe that she deserves better in life, since she doesn't actively fight for the things she deserves like her [[spoiler: inheritance or her wages]]. Seeing Matilda risk experiencing the same thing, though, from Miss Trunchbull and the Wormwoods? For Miss Honey, it becomes a case of WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain and YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.

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* Miss Honey acts as a MamaBear for Matilda, but she seems to accept [[spoiler: the abuse Aunt Trunchbull bestowed on her with stoic resignation]]. Part of the reason is that she sees great potential in Matilda, the grace and confidence that [[spoiler: Trunchbull squelched in Miss Honey when the latter was a child]], and part of it is knowing what it's like to have [[TraumaCongaLine the world tear away]] [[BrokenBird away that confidence]]. Miss Honey in both the book and movie doesn't believe that she deserves better in life, since she doesn't actively fight for the things she deserves like her [[spoiler: inheritance or her wages]]. Seeing Matilda risk experiencing the same thing, though, from Miss Trunchbull and the Wormwoods? For Miss Honey, it becomes a case of WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain and YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre.


* "Magnus" threatens to kill the Trunchbull. Except "Magnus" ''is'' [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Matilda]]!

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* "Magnus" threatens to kill the Trunchbull. Except "Magnus" ''is'' [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Matilda]]!Matilda]]! Though it's likely Matilda only intended to ScareEmStraight, the implication is still frightening.
* While it's only implied, Trunchbull's terrified reaction when "Magnus" accuses her of being responsible for his death.


* Miss Honey's story is horrific enough without any reading-between-the-lines, but older readers may notice that she actually says very little about what the Trunchbull did to her: she only said that it was too awful to talk about.



* "Magnus" threatens to kill the Trunchbull. Except "Magnus" ''is'' [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Matilda]]!
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What happened to Michael]], after the Wormwoods went to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Guam to escape the authorities?]]
** Michael is with them in the car (he shouts out "I'll be an only child again!" as Matilda's parents are contemplating Matilda's adoption), so it's safe to assume that Michael went with their parents to Guam.
*** Which can serve as FridgeHorror of its own, seeing that the Wormwoods got most likely arrested in Guam, ending with Michael in an orphanage, on the street or similar. While he had been a lazy bully, he was mostly victim of being ''groomed'' into one, just to end up suffering for his parents deeds and not having been HappilyAdopted like Matilda.
** If his parents were arrested, he would most certainly not end up on the street. He'd be put into foster care and he might end up in a better family, who could even raise him into being a better person.
*** This ''is'' a Roald Dahl story though. For all we know, he might even [[Literature/TheWitches be a mouse now]]?

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* "Magnus" threatens to kill the Trunchbull. Except "Magnus" ''is'' [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Matilda]]!
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What happened to Michael]], after the Wormwoods went to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Guam to escape the authorities?]]
** Michael is with them in the car (he shouts out "I'll be an only child again!" as Matilda's parents are contemplating Matilda's adoption), so it's safe to assume that Michael went with their parents to Guam.
*** Which can serve as FridgeHorror of its own, seeing that the Wormwoods got most likely arrested in Guam, ending with Michael in an orphanage, on the street or similar. While he had been a lazy bully, he was mostly victim of being ''groomed'' into one, just to end up suffering for his parents deeds and not having been HappilyAdopted like Matilda.
** If his parents were arrested, he would most certainly not end up on the street. He'd be put into foster care and he might end up in a better family, who could even raise him into being a better person.
*** This ''is'' a Roald Dahl story though. For all we know, he might even [[Literature/TheWitches be a mouse now]]?
Matilda]]!


*** This ''is'' a Roald Dahl-Story though. For all we know, he might even be a mouse now?

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*** This ''is'' a Roald Dahl-Story Dahl story though. For all we know, he might even [[Literature/TheWitches be a mouse now?now]]?


* Matilda mispronounces words in the play. It's easiest to tell in the soundtrack, where she mispronounces anticipation as 'ancipation', slippery as 'slippy', atmospheric as 'atmospharic', and a few other words. (Weird, escapologist is pronounced exactly correct.) Note those examples are from the extremely dramatic and serious 'Story' songs, not the comedic songs where mispronunciations might be funny. And while a young actress might mispronounce words in the play, presumably someone would have caught that on the released songtrack. But these mispronunciations are entirely on purpose...because Matilda, like many very intelligent children her age, learned the words via ''reading'' them.

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* Matilda mispronounces words in the play. It's easiest to tell in the soundtrack, where she mispronounces anticipation as 'ancipation', slippery as 'slippy', atmospheric as 'atmospharic', and a few other words. (Weird, (Weirdly, escapologist is pronounced exactly correct.) Note those examples are from the extremely dramatic and serious 'Story' songs, not the comedic songs where mispronunciations might be funny. And while a young actress might mispronounce words in the play, presumably someone would have caught that on the released songtrack. But these mispronunciations are entirely on purpose...because Matilda, like many very intelligent children her age, learned the words via ''reading'' them.



** Also, ''Tess of the D'Ubervilles'' was written in such a way that what's happening isn't ever said directly. Instead, the reader uses their own knowledge and ability to read between the lines to work out exactly what happened. (Most of the books Matilda reads are written in the same way, incidentally). Despite being incredibly intelligent, it's unlikely Matilda at 5 years old had enough wordly knowledge to work out exactly what was going on, only the very basic gist of it.

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** Also, ''Tess of the D'Ubervilles'' was written in such a way that what's happening isn't ever said directly. Instead, the reader uses their own knowledge and ability to read between the lines to work out exactly what happened. (Most of the books Matilda reads are written in the same way, incidentally). incidentally.) Despite being incredibly intelligent, it's unlikely Matilda at 5 years old had enough wordly worldly knowledge to work out exactly what was going on, only the very basic gist of it.



* Bit of a Meta example, the song "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris plays when Matilda learns how to control her powers. While on the surface it's a whimsical moment. On the meta level, it's the same song used when Film/{{Christine}} goes after her first victim. And since [[FridgeHorror stuff gets real]] later on after that montage.....

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* Bit of a Meta example, the song "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris plays when Matilda learns how to control her powers. While on the surface it's a whimsical moment. On moment, on the meta level, it's the same song used when Film/{{Christine}} goes after her first victim. And since [[FridgeHorror stuff gets real]] real later on after that montage.....


* In the movie, [[spoiler: the Wormwoods go to Guam to get away from the FBI. Guam is a territory of the U.S. and the FBI would certainly be able to find them there]]. But, since they are incredibly stupid, TV-watching slobs, they probably didn't think of that point for one second.
** Of course, that's assuming they were telling the truth about [[spoiler:their planned destination]].

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* In the movie, [[spoiler: the Wormwoods go to Guam to get away from the FBI. Guam is a territory of the U.S. and the FBI would certainly be able to find them there]]. But, since they are incredibly stupid, TV-watching slobs, they probably didn't think of that point for one second.
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second. (Of course, that's assuming they were telling the truth about [[spoiler:their planned destination]].)


* In the movie, [[spoiler: the Wormwoods go to Guam to get away from the FBI. Guam is a territory of the U.S. and the FBI would certainly be able to find them there. But, since they are incredibly stupid, TV-watching slobs, they probably didn't think of that point for one second]].
** Of course, [[spoiler:that's assuming they were telling the truth about their planned destination]].

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* In the movie, [[spoiler: the Wormwoods go to Guam to get away from the FBI. Guam is a territory of the U.S. and the FBI would certainly be able to find them there. there]]. But, since they are incredibly stupid, TV-watching slobs, they probably didn't think of that point for one second]].
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** Of course, [[spoiler:that's that's assuming they were telling the truth about their [[spoiler:their planned destination]].


* Why does Matilda dispose of evidence when the FBI search the house? Because she knows that if her parents are arrested, she'll be put into foster care probably away from her friends and Miss Honey. [[spoiler: And her plan is for Miss Honey to adopt her]].

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* Why does Matilda dispose of evidence when the FBI search the house? Because she We know from the narrator that at least part of the reason is Matilda's futile hope that Harry will eventually see the error of his ways, which be could only do if he's still a free man. But a better and more pragmatic reason is Matilda knows that if her parents are arrested, she'll be put into foster care probably away from her friends and Miss Honey. [[spoiler: And her plan is for Miss Honey to adopt her]].


** Of course, [[spoiler:that's assuming they were telling the truth about their planned destination]].



*** This ''is'' a Roahld Dahl-Story though. For all we know, he might even be a mouse now?

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*** This ''is'' a Roahld Roald Dahl-Story though. For all we know, he might even be a mouse now?


* "Magnus" threatens to kill the Trunchbull. Except "Magnus" is [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Matilda]].
* What happened to Michael after the Wormwoods went to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Guam to escape the authorities?]]

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* "Magnus" threatens to kill the Trunchbull. Except "Magnus" is ''is'' [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Matilda]].
Matilda]]!
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What happened to Michael Michael]], after the Wormwoods went to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Guam to escape the authorities?]]



** If his parents were arrested, he would most certainly not end up on the street. He'd be put into foster care and he might end up in a good family who could raise him to be a better person.
*** This is a Roahld Dahl-Story though. For all we know, he might be a mouse now.

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** If his parents were arrested, he would most certainly not end up on the street. He'd be put into foster care and he might end up in a good family better family, who could even raise him to be into being a better person.
*** This is ''is'' a Roahld Dahl-Story though. For all we know, he might even be a mouse now.now?


* Where's her brother if she went with Ms. Honey and their parents went to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Guam to escape the authorities?]]
** Her brother, Michael, is with them in the car (he shouts out "I'll be an only child again!" as Matilda's parents are contemplating Matilda's adoption), so it's safe to assume that Michael went with their parents to Guam.

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* Where's her brother if she went with Ms. Honey and their parents What happened to Michael after the Wormwoods went to [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Guam to escape the authorities?]]
** Her brother, Michael, Michael is with them in the car (he shouts out "I'll be an only child again!" as Matilda's parents are contemplating Matilda's adoption), so it's safe to assume that Michael went with their parents to Guam.

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* When Matilda says "whoever painted the Trunchbull must have had a really strong stomach," she means "It's amazing that someone was able to complete a painting of the Trunchbull without throwing up."

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*** Fridge, but Miss Honey might acknowledge this in universe: she is taken aback by Matilda's reading, probably not just by the fact that she ''is'' reading and has read so many books, but also the topics of some.

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** Also, ''Tess of the D'Ubervilles'' was written in such a way that what's happening isn't ever said directly. Instead, the reader uses their own knowledge and ability to read between the lines to work out exactly what happened. (Most of the books Matilda reads are written in the same way, incidentally). Despite being incredibly intelligent, it's unlikely Matilda at 5 years old had enough wordly knowledge to work out exactly what was going on, only the very basic gist of it.

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