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A torture device in the Trunchbull’s office. It is a very narrow, tall cupboard with many bits of broken glass hammered into the cement walls. The door of the chamber is filled with many sharp nails that have been hammered in from the outside (theorized by Hortensia to be done by the Trunchbull himself). The Trunchbull locks children in this chamber and forces the children to stand completely still and completely straight in pitch darkness for hours.
Matilda is described to be a “precocious child” by Miss Honey, meaning that Matilda is a highly advanced for her years and is more intelligence than her peers.
done a bunk
A phrase to mean someone fleeing or escaping a situation.
Being able to use your mind to move things
Move from one place to another
The whole hog
To go the whole extent
Being cared for whilst growing up
Being open to sad feelings
Outer limits of vision
Presenting something as being smaller than it actually is
feeling intense irritation
coming face-to-face with someone
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