The Question and Answer section for Matilda is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Mr. Wormwood is Matilda’s father, and a secondary antagonist of the story. He is a neglectful father who hates books and takes no interest in his daughter. Matilda's mother is no better. Mrs. Wormwood is obsessed with her appearance. She prizes...
Matilda comes to the realization that Miss Honey is poor from her bathing routine.
"I don't take a bath," Miss Honey said. "I wash standing up. I get a bucketful of water and I heat it on this little stove and I strip and wash myself all over."
Mr. Wormwood says that all Americans write about is "filth".
“Filth,” Mr. Wormwood said. “If it's by an American it's certain to be filth. That's all they write about.”