Next two chapters – let’s go!
On their way to Miss Honey’s cottage, Matilda talks non-stop about her newfound power to Miss Honey. They had an interesting conversation about her powers, and Miss Honey told Matilda that she thinks Matilda should be careful with it. Eventually, the two reach Miss Honey’s cottage and Matilda feels that the cottage is straight out of a fairy-tale. Miss Honey opened her home to Matilda, and we learn that Miss Honey doesn’t have a lot of money to spare. Matilda, being the precocious girl that she is, recognized the situation and did everything she could to make sure she didn’t embarrass Miss Honey. I honestly believe that this is a chapter that you have to read in order to not necessarily understand, but I wouldn’t do the chapter justice. The chapter ends with Matilda and Miss Honey discussing the breadth of Matilda’s power.
I’m not sure this is necessary, but I would like to give you a trigger warning – death is discussed and abuse is implied in this chapter, and I don’t want anyone to read this if they aren’t ready. We start this chapter off with Matilda asking questions about why Miss Honey lives in the cottage the way that she does. Matilda’s questions made Miss Honey shrink into herself as she tried to figure out how to answer Matilda’s probing questions. Miss Honey finally decides to tell someone her story, and Matilda is the person she decides to tell. Miss Honey’s mother died when she was two. Her father, a busy doctor, needed help looking after a young Miss Honey, so her aunt (on her mother’s side) came to take care of her. We learn that the aunt was not a good woman, but Miss Honey couldn’t tell her father because the aunt acted differently when her father was around. Her father died when she was five, and Miss Honey’s aunt became her legal guardian. Miss Honey was told that her father killed himself, but there’s a lot of mystery surrounding his supposed suicide because everyone who knew him felt he wasn’t the kind of man to do that. Miss Honey grew up with a nightmare of an aunt, and as much as I hate reading and saying this, abuse is implied in the way Miss Honey told Matilda how she would start shaking if her aunt just came into any room she was in. At the age of ten, the aunt turned Miss Honey into her very own Cinderella (to give you an idea of what she went through). Aunt = evil stepmother, Miss Honey = Cinderella, and no evil stepsisters. She escaped two years before her telling this story to Matilda. She found the cottage, asked the farmer who owned it if she could rent it, packed up her things in a cardboard box, told her aunt she was leaving, and walked out the door. The final big revelation the chapter leaves us with is who the aunt is: Trunchbull. I’m not surprised. I saw it coming, but jeez. Of all of the awful luck in the world, your aunt is one of the worst people in the world who happens to hold a position of power in the community. Can’t wait to see how Matilda takes that itty bitty reveal.
What we know about Matilda so far:
- Sees Miss Honey as a heroine
- Willing to help her teacher after hearing her story
- She’s a good person
- Miss Honey’s father: died when she was five, mystery surrounds his supposed suicide, was a doctor
Until next post,