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 (Hortensia speculates that it is the Trunchbull herself who has done this). 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 as a “precocious child” by Miss Honey, meaning that Matilda is a highly advanced for her years and is more intelligent than her peers.
done a bunk
A phrase to mean someone fleeing or escaping a situation.
the ability to use your mind to move things
Moved from one place to another
The whole hog
To go the whole extent
Being cared for whilst growing up
Open to attack or injury of a non-physical nature
Outer limits of vision
Presenting something as being smaller or less important than it actually is
A feeling of intense irritation
to face up to something or someone
About to happen
Exercising power in a cruel way
A form of British theatrical entertainment, usually for children, with jokes and comedy that are based around a nursery story
A grade or academic level in British schools
Matilda Questions and Answers
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