- 1. Everyone is born,
- 2. but not everyone
is born the same.
- 3. Some will grow to be butchers
or bakers or candlestick makers.
- 4. Some will only be really good
at making Jell-O salad.
- 5. One way or another, though,
every human being is unique,
- 6. for better or for worse.
- 7. Most parents believe their children are the most
beautiful creatures ever to grace the planet.
- 8. Others take
a less emotional approach.
- 9. - What a waste of time.
- And painful.
- 10. And expensive.
$9.25 for a bar of soap?
- 11. Well, I had to take a shower, Harry.
- 12. I'm not paying it. What are they
gonna do, repossess the kid?
- 13. There's no way out.
Make a U-turn.
- 14. All right.
- 15. - Harry!
- All right.
- 16. Harry!
- 17. The Wormwood guy's back!
- 18. Harry and Zinnia Wormwood
- 19. lived in a very nice neighborhood,
in a very nice house.
- 20. But they were not really
very nice people.
- 21. Get out of the street, you little dodos!
- 22. The Wormwoods were so
wrapped up in their own silly lives
- 23. that they barely noticed
they had a daughter.
- 24. Had they paid any attention
to her at all,
- 25. they'd have realized
she was a rather extraordinary child.
- 26. Oh, my gosh, Matilda,
now look what you did!
- 27. They named her Matilda.
- 28. You're supposed
to eat the spinach. Ooh!
- 29. Ew, ew, ew.
Ew, ew, ew!
- 30. Babies!
- 31. You're better off raising tomatoes.
- 32. By the time she was 2,
- 33. Matilda had learned what most
people learn in their early 30s:
- 34. How to take care of herself.
- 35. As time went by,
she developed a sense of style.
- 36. Every morning, Matilda's brother,
Michael, went to school.
- 37. Bye, Mom.
Get out of here.
- 38. Her father worked selling used cars
- 39. for unfair prices.
And her mother took off to play bingo.
- 40. Soup's on the stove.
Heat it up if you get hungry.
- 41. Matilda was left alone.
- 42. That was how she liked it.
- 43. By the time she was 4, Matilda
had read every magazine in the house.
- 44. One night,
she got up her courage
- 45. and asked her father for something
she desperately wanted.
- 46. A book?
What do you want a book for?
- 47. To read.
- 48. To read? Why would you wanna read
when you got the television set
- 49. sitting right in front of you?
- 50. There's nothing you can get from a book that
you can't get from a television faster.
- 51. Get out of the way!
- 52. Matilda already knew that she
was somewhat different from her family.
- 53. She saw that whatever
she needed in this world,
- 54. she'd have to get herself.
- 55. Bye.
- 56. There's fish fingers
in the microwave.
- 57. The next morning,
after her parents left,
- 58. Matilda set off
in search of a book.
- 59. Where are the
children's books, please?
- 60. In that room right over there.
- 61. Would you like me to pick you out
one with lots of pictures in it?
- 62. No, thank you.
I'm sure I can manage.
- 63. From then on, every day,
as soon as her mother went to bingo,
- 64. Matilda walked
the 10 blocks to the library
- 65. and devoured
one book after another.
- 66. When she finished
all the children's books,
- 67. she started wandering around
in search of something else.
- 68. Mrs. Phelps, who had been
watching her with fascination
- 69. for the past few weeks,
- 70. offered Matilda some valuable
- 71. You know, you could have
your very own library card.
- 72. And then you could
take books home
- 73. and you wouldn't have
to walk here every day.
- 74. You could take
as many as you like.
- 75. That would be wonderful.
- 76. So Matilda's strong,
young mind continued to grow,
- 77. nurtured by the voices
of all those authors
- 78. who had sent their books
out into the world
- 79. like ships onto the sea.
- 80. These books gave Matilda
a hopeful and comforting message:
- 81. You are not alone.
- 82. Any packages come today?
- 83. Mm-mm.
- 84. Where did
all this come from?
- 85. The library.
- 86. The library? You've never set foot in a library.
You're only 4 years old.
- 87. Six and a half.
- 88. You're 4.
Six and a half.
- 89. If you were 6 and a half,
you'd be in school already.
- 90. I want to be in school.
I told you
- 91. I was supposed to start school
in September. You wouldn't listen.
- 92. Get up. Get UP!
- 93. Get out here.
Give me that book.
- 94. Dearest pie, how old is Matilda?
- 95. I'm 6 and a half, Mommy.
- 96. I was 6 in August.
You're a liar.
- 97. I wanna go to school.
- 98. Out of the question. Who would be
here to sign for the packages?
- 99. We can't leave valuable packages
sitting out on the doorstep.
- 100. Now, go watch TV
like a good kid.
- 101. You know, sometimes I think there's
something wrong with that girl.
- 102. Hm. Tell me about it.
- 103. Hey, dip-face,
- 104. have a marshmallow.
Have another marshmallow, dip-face!
- 105. Dip-face!
- 106. Sometimes Matilda
longed for a friend.
- 107. Someone like the kind,
courageous people in her books.
- 108. It occurred to her that
like talking dragons and princesses
- 109. with hair long enough to climb, such
people might exist only in storybooks.
- 110. But Matilda was about to discover
that she could be her own friend.
- 111. That she had a kind of strength
she wasn't even aware of.
- 112. I'm great! I'm incredible!
- 113. Michael, pencil and paper,
in the kitchen.
- 114. Did we sell some cars today,
- 115. Did we!
- 116. Does that mean
I can get that new TV?
- 117. Yeah. Son, one day you're gonna
have to earn your own living.
- 118. It's time you learned
the family business.
- 119. Sit down. Write this down.
- 120. All right. The first car your
brilliant father sold cost $320.
- 121. I sold it for $1158.
- 122. The second one cost $512.
- 123. I sold it for $2269.
- 124. Wait, Dad, you're going too fast.
- 125. The third cost $68.
I sold it for $999.
- 126. And the fourth cost $1100.
- 127. I sold it for 7839
big American boffos.
- 128. Harry!
What was my profit for the day?
- 129. Could you repeat the last one—?
- 130. Check it if you don't believe me.
- 131. You're a little cheat.
You saw the paper.
- 132. From all the way over here?
- 133. Are you being smart with me?
- 134. If you're being smart with me, young
lady, you're gonna be punished.
- 135. Punished for being smart?
- 136. For being a smart aleck.
- 137. When a person is bad, that person
has to be taught a lesson.
- 138. Person?
- 139. - Get up.
- Harry Wormwood
- 140. had unintentionally
given his daughter
- 141. the first practical advice
she could use.
- 142. He meant to say,
"When a child is bad."
- 143. Instead he said,
"When a person is bad."
- 144. And thereby introduced
a revolutionary idea
- 145. that children could
punish their parents.
- 146. Only when they deserved it,
- 147. Michael, come into my room.
- 148. What?
- 149. My boy, today's the day I take you to the shop.
What do you say?
- 150. I don't know.
What do you say, Dad?
- 151. I say appearance
is nine-tenths of the law.
- 152. People don't buy a car,
they buy me.
- 153. Which is why I personally
take such pride in my appearance.
- 154. Well-oiled hair,
clean shaved, snappy suit.
- 155. Now, run along and get ready
for a big day of learning, kid. Heh.
- 156. It's gonna be a big day
of learning too.
- 157. There's a sucker born every minute.
We're gonna take them for all they got.
- 158. Give me the cookies.
- 159. Here.
- 160. Okay, my boy, heir to the throne.
- 161. Today we diddle the customer.
- 162. What's wrong with you?
What are you looking at?
- 163. Lovekins, where's my breakfast?
- 164. Here we are, my heartstrings. Aah!
- 165. Snickerdoodle, what did
you do to your hair?
- 166. My hair?
- 167. Give me those things. Give me that.
Where are you going with those?
- 168. Give me those.
Get in the car. Go on.
- 169. - Get in.
- Dirty dealings,
- 170. Like buying stolen car parts,
never stay secret for long.
- 171. Especially when the FBI
- 172. 9:17, suspect exits domicile.
- 173. I've got 9:18.
- 174. 9:17 is correct.
- 175. Michael, one day
all this will be yours.
- 176. This?
- 177. See this junker?
I paid $100 for it.
- 178. She's got 120,000 miles on her.
- 179. Transmission shot,
bumpers have fallen off.
- 180. What do I do with her? Hm?
- 181. I sell her.
- 182. We really should weld
these bumpers on,
- 183. but that takes time,
- 184. So we use
Super Super Glue instead.
- 185. Go ahead, put it on there.
- 186. Won't it fall off?
- 187. Definitely.
Isn't that dangerous?
- 188. Not to me, okay?
- 189. Transmission.
- 190. The sawdust quiets the gears, and
lets the engine run as sweet as a nut
- 191. for a couple of miles. Ha-ha-ha.
Daddy, that's cheating.
- 192. Of course it's cheating.
Nobody ever got rich being honest.
- 193. 20 years ago, we could turn
the numbers back by hand. But—
- 194. Here, take my hat.
- 195. But the feds like to test the ingenuity
of the American businessman.
- 196. Two-directional drill.
- 197. You run it backwards,
the numbers go down.
- 198. Watch the speedometer.
- 199. Cool.
- 200. See?
- 201. Daddy, you're a crook.
- 202. What?
This is illegal.
- 203. Here, keep drilling.
- 204. Do you make money?
Do you have a job?
- 205. No, but don't people
need good cars?
- 206. Can't you sell good cars, Dad?
- 207. Listen, you little wiseacre.
- 208. I'm smart, you're dumb. I'm big, you're little.
I'm right, you're wrong.
- 209. And there's nothing
you can do about it.
- 210. Harry, I won! I won!
- 211. I hit the double bingo! Aah!
- 212. Come on, everybody!
I'm taking you all to Café Le Ritz.
- 213. Let me see the money.
- 214. Double bingo, huh? Ooh.
- 215. God, your hair looks awful.
I hope they let you in.
- 216. - They'll let me in.
- Here's your hat, Daddy.
- 217. Get in the car.
- 218. Go on, get in.
- 219. How much?
- 220. It's for me to know
and you to find out.
- 221. It's nice to go out sometimes.
- 222. You never take us out.
- 223. Of course I do.
I took you to the Flipper.
- 224. - I don't remember any of the Flipper.
- The fish joint.
- 225. You found that comb
in the bouillabaisse.
- 226. Oh, yeah. I like that joint.
- 227. Bonjour.
This way, please.
- 228. Harry, take your hat off.
- 229. I can't.
This is a nice place.
- 230. You can't wear a hat inside.
- 231. I can't take it off.
- 232. Harry, nobody cares
what your hair looks like.
- 233. What's with this hat?
I can't get it off. I can't get it off.
- 234. Just a minute. I'm gonna yank
this hat off. I'm pulling it.
- 235. I think your head
swelled up really bad.
- 236. You're pulling the skin!
You're such a baby! Stop it!
- 237. Fibers are fused to the head!
Fibers are fused?
- 238. What is that supposed to mean?
Give me that hat!
- 239. Mm.
- 240. I will not be the figure of ridicule!
- 241. I want respect, and I want it now!
- 242. I still don't see how you
glued your hat on, Harry.
- 243. I mean, I know you say you didn't,
but obviously you did.
- 244. I did not glue my hat to my head.
- 245. The hat shrunk,
the fibers fused to my hair. Ow.
- 246. Baby, wait a minute.
I'm getting it now.
- 247. I'm getting it. One more.
- 248. Oh, my God.
- 249. From now on, this family
does exactly what I say,
- 250. when, exactly when, I say it!
- 251. Here's your hat, Harry.
Give me that.
- 252. And right now,
- 253. we are eating dinner
and watching TV.
- 254. Are you ready to get
sticky with Mickey?
- 255. Shut your light off.
- 256. I'm just giving it away!
- 257. But for those idiots out there who don't
know how to play, here's how it goes.
- 258. For each correct answer, they'll move
one step closer to our cube of cash.
- 259. Once in our cube of cash, any money
that sticks to your gooey body,
- 260. you get to take home.
- 261. Hi, Dad.
- 262. Are you in this family?
- 263. Mm...
- 264. Hello?
- 265. Are you in this family?
- 266. Dinnertime is family time.
What is this trash you're reading?
- 267. It's not trash, Daddy, it's lovely.
- 268. It's called Moby Dick,
by Herman Melville.
- 269. Moby what?
- 270. This is filth! Trash! Here.
It's not mine! It's a library book.
- 271. Trash!
- 272. I'm fed up with all this reading! You're
a Wormwood, you start acting like one!
- 273. Sit up and look at the TV.
- 274. Producers are not liable for any skin
irritation that may result from playing our game.
- 275. Get real sticky and get
cash for free.
- 276. All right, that's enough.
Let's get sticky!
- 277. I didn't do it.
- 278. Of course you didn't do it,
you little twit.
- 279. I told you that was
a cheap set.
- 280. It's not a cheap set,
it's a stolen set.
- 281. Put your light on!
- 282. Bummer.
- 283. Was it magic or coincidence?
- 284. She didn't know.
- 285. It is said that we humans use
only a tiny portion of our brains.
- 286. Matilda might never have discovered
her own great strength of mind
- 287. were it not for the events
that began on the very next day.
- 288. I need a car,
inexpensive but reliable.
- 289. - Can you service me?
- In a manner of speaking, yes.
- 290. Welcome to Wormwood Motors.
- 291. Harry Wormwood,
owner, founder, whatever.
- 292. Agatha Trunchbull, principal,
Crunchem Hall Elementary School.
- 293. I warn you, sir, I want a tight
car, because I run a tight ship.
- 294. Oh, yeah, huh? Well, uh—
My school is a model of discipline.
- 295. “Use the rod, beat the child,"
that's my motto.
- 296. Terrific motto.
You have brats yourself?
- 297. Yeah, I got a boy, Mikey,
and one mistake, Matilda.
- 298. They're all mistakes, children. Filthy,
nasty things. Glad I never was one.
- 299. Uh-huh. Well, since you're an educator,
I'm gonna make you a great deal.
- 300. You had better.
Let's do business.
- 301. Thank you.
- 302. Enjoy it.
- 303. Hey, you, you're going to school.
- 304. First thing tomorrow.
- 305. Yeah, yeah, okay, okay. You'll get
a real education at this place.
- 306. Matilda had always wanted to
go to school because she loved to learn.
- 307. She tried to imagine
what her new school would be like.
- 308. Go ahead.
- 309. Go ahead.
- 310. She pictured a lovely
building surrounded by trees
- 311. and flowers and swings.
- 312. Well, there was a building
- 313. and children.
- 314. So regardless of what
Crunchem Hall looked like,
- 315. she was happy to be there.
- 316. Hey, wait up!
- 317. After all, any school
is better than no school at all.
- 318. Isn't it?
- 319. You, detention.
- 320. You're too small.
Grow up quicker!
- 321. Heads up! Shoulders back!
Stomachs in! Stand straight.
- 322. Hey-
- 323. Detention for you.
- 324. That's okay. It's much better
than being out there.
- 325. Is that my teacher?
- 326. No, that's the principal,
- 327. You've gotta be kidding.
- 328. You squirts better skedaddle.
I'm not kidding.
- 329. The Trunchbull likes to snap a whip
in there to see who's trying to hide.
- 330. Stomach in!
- 331. Change those socks! Too pink.
- 332. I'm Matilda.
- 333. - I'm Hortensia.
- 334. She doesn't really hit children
with that riding crop, does she?
- 335. No, it's mostly for scare.
- 336. What she does is worse.
- 337. Like yesterday, in the second grade,
the Trunchbull makes a weekly visit
- 338. to every classroom to show the teachers
a thing or two about handling kids.
- 339. And Julius Rottwinkle ate
- 340. - two M&M's during her lesson.
- And she caught him?
- 341. Of course.
- 342. Was Julius okay?
After being thrown out the window?
- 343. Of course he wasn't okay.
He lived, if that's what you mean.
- 344. The Trunchbull used
to be in the Olympics.
- 345. Shot put, javelin, hammer throw.
- 346. The hammer throw is her specialty.
- 347. So she does this all the time?
Better than being put in the choky.
- 348. - Choky?
- Yeah, the choky.
- 349. It's a tall, narrow hole
in the wall behind a door.
- 350. You have to stand
in a drippy pipe with jagged edges.
- 351. And the walls have broken glass
and nails sticking out.
- 352. Get inside, you
festering ball of pus!
- 353. - She puts kids in there?
- I've been in twice.
- 354. Sometimes she leaves you
in there all day.
- 355. - Didn't you tell your parents?
- They didn't believe me.
- 356. I mean, would your parents
- 357. “I must obey Miss Trunchbull."
- 358. No.
- 359. Out of my way.
Here she comes.
- 360. Ahh, fresh meat.
- 361. Amanda Thripp.
- 362. Yes, Miss Trunchbull.
- 363. What are those?
What's what, Miss Trunchbull?
- 364. Hanging down by your ears.
- 365. You mean my pigtails?
- 366. Are you a pig, Amanda?
No, Miss Trunchbull.
- 367. Do I allow pigs in my school?
- 368. My mommy thinks they're sweet.
- 369. Your mommy is a twit!
- 370. You'll chop those off
before school tomorrow or I will—
- 371. But—
- 372. I don't—
But? Did you say "but"?
- 373. What? Hammer throw.
- 374. Definitely.
- 375. I'll give you "but"!
- 376. - Good loft!
- And excellent release.
- 377. Think she'll make the fence?
Gonna be a close one.
- 378. Quiet! Get to class
before I throw you all in the choky.
- 379. Lavender.
- 380. What's my teacher like?
- 381. Run, run, run. Faster! Get in.
- 382. Quickly!
- 383. But Matilda's teacher, Miss Honey,
- 384. was one of those
- 385. who appreciates every single child
for who she or he is.
- 386. I scooped these up for you,
- 387. Oh, how lovely.
Thank you, Amanda.
- 388. Okay, listen up, everybody.
We have a new student with us today.
- 389. This is Matilda Wormwood. I'd like
you to sit over here with Lavender.
- 390. Now, you all remember how scary
your first days at school were.
- 391. So I'd like you to be especially nice to
Matilda and make her feel welcome, all right?
- 392. Could you get her
workbook for her, please?
- 393. Yes, Miss Honey.
You can sit down.
- 394. Miss Honey was a wonderful
teacher and a friend to everyone.
- 395. But her life was not as simple
and beautiful as it seemed.
- 396. Miss Honey had a deep,
- 397. Though it caused her great pain,
- 398. she did not let it interfere
with her teaching.
- 399. Well, Matilda, you've come
on a very good day,
- 400. because we're going to review
everything that we've learned so far.
- 401. Now, it's all right if you don't understand
any of this because you're brand-new.
- 402. But if you do know an answer,
just raise your hand. Okay?
- 403. All right. We've been working
on our two-times tables.
- 404. Would anyone like
- 405. Okay.
- 406. Let's do some together.
- 407. - Two times four is?
- 408. - Two times six is?
- 409. - Two times nine is?
- 410. Excellent! You've been practicing.
- 411. Pretty soon you'll be able to do
- 412. - whether it's two times seven...
- 413. Very good. Or 13 times 379.
- 414. 4927.
- 415. I beg your pardon?
- 416. I think that's the answer.
- 417. 13 times 379.
- 418. 4-9-2-7.
- 419. it is.
- 420. Wow.
- 421. Matilda, you know how
to multiply big numbers?
- 422. I read this book last year
on mathematics at the library.
- 423. You like to read?
- 424. Oh, yes, I love to read.
- 425. What do you like to read?
- 426. Everything, but lately I've
been reading Darles Chickens.
- 427. Charles Dickens.
I could read him every day.
- 428. So could I.
- 429. All right, everyone,
- 430. take out your workbooks
and let's start with section three.
- 431. I'll be back in a moment.
- 432. Yippee! Gotcha right in the neck!
And you. Woo-hoo!
- 433. Yes! You— Come in, come in,
whoever you are.
- 434. Almost got you.
- 435. Good to see you, Jen.
Good, good, good.
- 436. Time for one of our
- 437. Actually, it's about the new girl
in my class, Miss Trunchbull,
- 438. Matilda Wormwood.
- 439. Her father says she's a real wart.
- 440. A carbuncle, a blister, a festering
pustule of malignant ooze.
- 441. Oh, no, Matilda Wormwood
is a very sweet girl, and very bright.
- 442. A bright child?
- 443. Yes. She can multiply
large sums in her head.
- 444. So can a calculator.
- 445. Well, I think she might be happier
in an older and more advanced class.
- 446. Ah, I knew it!
- 447. You can't handle the little viper, so you're trying
to foist her off on one of the other teachers.
- 448. No, no, no, Miss Trunchbull.
- 449. Typical, slothful cowardice.
- 450. Listen to me, Jen.
- 451. The distance the shot put goes depends
upon the effort you put into it.
- 452. Perspiration!
- 453. If you can't handle the little brat,
I'll lock her in the choky!
- 454. Get it?
- 455. One day, Jen, you'll see that
everything I do is for your own good,
- 456. and the good of those
putrescent little children!
- 457. Get back at Tiffany. Before.
- 458. When she was having that—
Mom, I'm home.
- 459. How was school?
School was great.
- 460. My teacher lets me do
sixth-grade work. Look.
- 461. Algebra and geography.
Hold on a minute.
- 462. Can't you see I'm in the middle
of an important phone call?
- 463. Well, you just asked me
how school was.
- 464. Quiet.
- 465. What else was she supposed
to do? The baby wasn't his.
- 466. Well, it was really great.
- 467. No way. They gotta be implants.
- 468. The principal is insane. She threw
a girl over the fence by her hair.
- 469. It would change your life too if
you waxed yours, I'm positive.
- 470. I have the most
- 471. Mine are driving me crazy.
- 472. I'm telling you, six hours a day
at school is not enough.
- 473. I'll say.
- 474. Hiyah. Whack to the belly! A smack to the face.
Another smack to the face!
- 475. Burns is hurt. He's on the
ropes, ladies and gentlemen.
- 476. Saved by the bell.
- 477. Packages at this hour?
- 478. What?
- 479. Hello.
- 480. We don't give money. We don't like charities.
We don't buy raffle tickets.
- 481. Mr. Wormwood.
- 482. I'm Jennifer Honey.
I'm Matilda's teacher.
- 483. What has she done now?
- 484. You! Go to your room
right now! Right now. Beat it!
- 485. Look, whatever it is,
she's your problem now.
- 486. No, there is no problem.
- 487. Then beat it. We're watching TV.
- 488. Mr. Wormwood, if you think
watching some rotten TV show
- 489. is more important than your daughter,
then maybe you shouldn't be a parent.
- 490. Now, why don't you turn that
darn thing off and listen to me?
- 491. All right, come in.
Get this over with.
- 492. Mrs. Wormwood's not gonna
like this. Come on, get in.
- 493. Close the door.
- 494. Who is it?
- 495. Says she's gotta talk
to you about Matilda.
- 496. What did you do that for?
He had Velasquez on the ropes.
- 497. What do you want?
- 498. I'm sure you're aware by now that
Matilda has a brilliant mind.
- 499. Yeah, right.
Mikey, get me a beer.
- 500. Her math skills
are simply extraordinary.
- 501. She's reading material that I—
- 502. Oh, no, thank you, dear.
- 503. Material that I didn't see
until my second year of college.
- 504. Oh, college.
- 505. I really feel,
with private instruction
- 506. that she'd be ready for college
in just a few short years.
- 507. Look, Miss Snit.
- 508. A girl does not get anywhere
by acting intelligent.
- 509. I mean, take a look
at you and me.
- 510. You chose books.
I chose looks.
- 511. I have a nice house,
a wonderful husband,
- 512. and you are slaving away teaching
snot-nosed children their ABC's.
- 513. You want Matilda to go to college?
- 514. College! I didn't go to college.
I don't know anybody who did.
- 515. Bunch of hippies and cesspool salesmen.
- 516. Don't sneer at educated people,
- 517. If you became ill,
- 518. your doctor would be
a college graduate.
- 519. Or say you were sued
for selling a faulty car.
- 520. The lawyer who defended you
would've gone to college too.
- 521. What car? Sued by who?
- 522. Who you been talking to?
- 523. Oh, dear, I can see
we're not going to agree, are we?
- 524. No. I'm sorry I burst in
on you like this.
- 525. Sorry.
- 526. We ought to sue her
for interrupting our show.
- 527. Tell me about it.
- 528. Why's he in the middle of the ring?
- 529. He's standing in the middle
of the ring because it's over.
- 530. Thank you.
- 531. We missed it?
- 532. Great, it's over.
- 533. How do I know?
You shut it off!
- 534. Was it my fault that she
came in the middle of the fight?
- 535. Hop to. Hippity-hop.
- 536. The entire school will go
to the assembly room immediately.
- 537. Sit!
- 538. What's up?
- 539. Bruce Bogtrotter.
- 540. Would little Brucey
come up here, please?
- 541. Uh-Oh.
- 542. He lives on my block.
- 543. This boy,
- 544. is none other
than a vicious sneak thief.
- 545. You're a disgusting
criminal, aren't you?
- 546. I don't know what
you're talking about.
- 547. Cake. Chocolate cake.
- 548. You slithered like a serpent
into the school kitchen
- 549. and ate my personal snack!
- 550. Do you deny it?
- 551. Confess!
- 552. Well, it's hard for me
to remember a specific cake.
- 553. This one
- 554. was mine.
- 555. And it was the most scrumptious
cake in the entire world.
- 556. My mom's is better.
- 557. It is, is it?
- 558. How can you be sure
unless you have another piece?
- 559. Sit down, Bog.
- 560. Here we go.
- 561. Smells chocolaty, eh?
- 562. Now, eat it!
- 563. I don't want any, thank you.
- 564. Eat it!
- 565. Don't eat it.
- 566. She wouldn't give him cake.
- 567. It's poison.
- 568. Mm. Mm-hm. Yeah.
- 569. Mm.
- 570. Mm.
- 571. You look like you enjoyed that,
- 572. Yes, ma'am.
- 573. You must have some more.
- 574. Oh, no, thanks.
- 575. But you'll hurt Cook's feelings.
- 576. Huh?
- 577. She made this cake just for you
to have on your very own.
- 578. Her sweat and blood
went into this cake
- 579. and you will not leave this platform until
you have consumed the entire confection!
- 580. Entire confection.
- 581. See you at lunch.
Thank you, Cookie.
- 582. Rotten kids.
You wanted cake, you got cake.
- 583. Now, eat it!
- 584. Poor Brucey.
- 585. He's going to puke.
- 586. I can't look.
Is he going to puke?
- 587. Without a doubt.
- 588. Bruce looks real bad.
- 589. Give up? Ha-ha-ha.
- 590. You can do it, Brucey!
- 591. You can do it, Bruce!
- 592. Yeah, you can do it!
- 593. Go, Bruce!
- 594. Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! Bruce!
- 595. Silence!
- 596. Yes!
- 597. Yeah!
- 598. Silence!
- 599. Stop! Silence!
- 600. Shut up! The entire assembly
- 601. will stay five hours after school
and copy from the dictionary.
- 602. Any children who object
will go straight into the choky
- 603. together!
- 604. Rescue 8 out of
Station 8, Los Angeles County.
- 605. This was a Code R, an official way
of saying we've caught a bad one.
- 606. The kind of accident where death
itself holds a stopwatch on us.
- 607. Young lady, where were you?
- 608. Miss Trunchbull kept the whole school late
because this boy ate some chocolate cake.
- 609. That's the biggest lie I ever heard.
You see those packages over there?
- 610. They were left out for the world to see
because you weren't here to take them in.
- 611. I don't think it's fair, bumpkins.
- 612. You get all this stuff from
catalogs, and I don't get anything.
- 613. It's not catalogs, it's car parts, sweetness.
- 614. Oh, if it's business, why don't
you have it sent to the office?
- 615. Because the cops may
be watching the office.
- 616. The cops are watching
- 617. What?
They're parked outside right now.
- 618. You are such an ignoramus.
- 619. Those are speedboat salesmen.
Really nice guys.
- 620. Cops.
- 621. Speedboats? There are
no lakes around here.
- 622. Yeah, but some people like
to go away on the weekends.
- 623. Some people have fun.
And some people are cops.
- 624. They are not cops.
- 625. They are not. I ought to know
if there's cops watching my house.
- 626. Now, go to bed,
you lying little earwig.
- 627. With the FBI watching her father
- 628. and the Trunchbull
terrorising her school,
- 629. it was a rare, happy moment when Matilda
could just play with her friends.
- 630. A frog! A frog! A frog!
- 631. What is it, Lavender?
- 632. It's a salamander.
- 633. - It's a chameleon.
- It's a newt.
- 634. “Any of the small semiaquatic
salamanders from the genus Triturus."
- 635. “Some are brightly colored and
secrete irritating substances."
- 636. How could you keep going...?
- 637. Useless, flaming car!
- 638. Wormwood!
- 639. Sell me a lemon?
- 640. You're heading for
the choky, young lady!
- 641. Choky?
Teach you a lesson.
- 642. What lesson?
- 643. You and your father think
you can make a fool out of me!
- 644. My father?
The guy with that stupid haircut!
- 645. I'm nothing like my father.
You're the spitting image.
- 646. The apple never rots far
from the tree.
- 647. Miss Honey!
- 648. Miss Trunchbull teaches
our class today, Lavender.
- 649. Please get a water pitcher.
But Miss Honey—
- 650. Shh, shh. Quickly. She'll be
here any second. Come on.
- 651. Make sure the water's cold, Lavender.
Hurry. Vinnie, cover the fish.
- 652. Put away the art projects.
Put away anything colorful.
- 653. Oh, Charlie, won't you get
those crayons for me.
- 654. Most great ideas come from
hard work and careful planning.
- 655. Of course, once in a while,
they just jump out at you.
- 656. Raina, cover the birds and beetles.
- 657. I hear her coming.
- 658. last time, some of you
- 659. Don't speak unless you're spoken to.
Don't laugh. Don't smile.
- 660. Don't even breathe loudly.
- 661. Don't breathe at all.
- 662. Morning, Miss Trunchbull.
- 663. Good morning, Miss Trunchbull.
- 664. Sit!
- 665. Shoo!
- 666. I have never been able to understand
why small children are so disgusting.
- 667. They're the bane of my life.
- 668. They're like insects.
- 669. They should be got
rid of as early as possible.
- 670. Fsht!
- 671. My idea of a perfect school
- 672. is one in which there
are no children at all.
- 673. Do you agree, Miss Honey?
- 674. Now,
- 675. you, front of the class!
- 676. Are you okay?
- 677. Next time I tell you to empty
your pockets, you'll do it faster, won't you?
- 678. - Yes, Miss Trunchbull.
- Miss Honey.
- 679. This could be the most interesting
thing you've ever done.
- 680. Sit down, you squirming
worm of vomit!
- 681. Thank you, Miss Trunchbull.
- 682. Get up!
- 683. Can you spell?
- 684. Miss Honey taught us how
to spell a long word yesterday.
- 685. We can spell "difficulty."
- 686. You couldn't spell "difficulty"
if your life depended on it.
- 687. She taught us with a poem.
- 688. A poem, how sweet.
- 689. What poem would that be?
Mrs. D, Mrs. I
- 690. Mrs. F-F-I
- 691. Mrs. C, Mrs. U
- 692. Why are
all these women married?
- 693. Mrs. D? Mrs. I? You're supposed
to be teaching spelling, not poetry!
- 694. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why
small children take so long to grow up.
- 695. I think they do it deliberately
just to annoy me.
- 696. Shh, shh, shh, Shh.
- 697. What's funny? Hm?
- 698. Come on, spit it out.
- 699. I like a joke as well
as the next fat person.
- 700. Ah! It's a snake. It's a snake!
- 701. It's a snake! Uch!
- 702. One of you tried
to poison me. Who?
- 703. Matilda.
- 704. I knew it!
- 705. I just thought you'd like to know,
it's not a snake. It's a newt.
- 706. What did you say?
It's a newt.
- 707. Stand up, you villainous sack
of goat slime! You did this.
- 708. No, Miss Trunchbull.
- 709. Did you act alone,
or did you have accomplices?
- 710. I didn't do it.
- 711. You didn't like
the choky, did you?
- 712. Thought you'd
pay me back, didn't you?
- 713. Well, I'll pay you back,
- 714. For what, Miss Trunchbull?
For this newt, you piss-worm!
- 715. I'm telling you, I didn't do it!
- 716. Besides, even if you didn't
do it, I'm gonna punish you
- 717. because I'm big and you're small,
and I'm right and you're wrong.
- 718. And there's nothing
you can do about it.
- 719. You're a liar and a scoundrel,
and your father's a liar and a cheat.
- 720. You're the most corrupt lowlifes
in the history of civilization.
- 721. Am I wrong'? I'm never wrong.
- 722. In this classroom,
in this school, I am God!
- 723. You!
I didn't move.
- 724. You did this!
- 725. How could she possibly have done it
when she was sitting way over here?
- 726. I'll be watching you,
each and every one.
- 727. When you turn the corner,
- 728. when you go to your cubbies
to get your smelly coats,
- 729. when you skip merrily to lunch,
- 730. I'll be watching you, all of you,
- 731. and especially you.
- 732. Oh, sweetheart, I'm sorry.
- 733. Thanks for not telling.
Best friends don't tell.
- 734. She can really dance.
- 735. I'm gonna clean up this mess, and then I'll
come and help you fill the bird feeder, okay?
- 736. I'll be out there in a minute.
- 737. Miss Honey?
- 738. Miss Honey, I did it.
- 739. Did what?
I made the glass tip over.
- 740. Oh, sweetheart, don't let Miss
Trunchbull make you feel that way.
- 741. Nobody did it.
it was an accident.
- 742. I did it with my eyes.
Watch, I'll prove it to you.
- 743. It's wonderful you feel
- 744. Many people don't feel
powerful at all.
- 745. Come on, tip over, you glass.
Glass, tip over. Tip over.
- 746. Come on, tip over.
Tip over, glass.
- 747. It's all right, Matilda.
- 748. I really did do it, Miss Honey.
- 749. One of the odd things about life
is sometimes you can do something
- 750. until you wanna show someone,
and then you can't.
- 751. Or sometimes you think something's broken
and then you take it to be fixed—
- 752. This isn't like that.
- 753. Oh.
- 754. I don't know.
- 755. Maybe I made myself tired.
- 756. Matilda, would you like to come
over to my house this afternoon?
- 757. I'd like that very much,
- 758. Good.
- 759. I just stare very hard,
and then my eyes get all hot,
- 760. and I can feel the strongness.
- 761. I feel like I can move
almost anything in the world.
- 762. You do believe me,
- 763. Oh, I believe that you should
believe in whatever power
- 764. you think you have inside of you.
Believe it with all your heart.
- 765. That's where
Miss Trunchbull lives.
- 766. Why is there a swing?
- 767. A girl I know used to live in that house.
Her life was good and happy.
- 768. When she was just 2 years old,
her mother died.
- 769. Her father was a doctor,
- 770. and he needed someone
to look after things at home,
- 771. so he invited the mother's stepsister
to come and live with him.
- 772. But the girl's aunt was a mean person
who treated the girl very badly.
- 773. - The Trunchbull.
- 774. And worst of all,
when the girl was 5, her father died.
- 775. How did her father die?
- 776. The police decided
he'd killed himself.
- 777. Why would he do such a thing?
- 778. No one knows.
- 779. The end is happier.
- 780. She found a small cottage.
- 781. She rented it from this lovely
rhubarb farmer for just $50 a month
- 782. and she covered it in honeysuckle, and
she planted hundreds of wildflowers
- 783. and she moved out of her wicked aunt's
house and she finally got her freedom.
- 784. Good for her.
- 785. Do you know why I told you this?
- 786. You were born into a family that
doesn't always appreciate you,
- 787. but one day, things are
gonna be very different.
- 788. Should we go inside
and have tea and cookies?
- 789. Yes, please.
- 790. This is the cottage from your story.
- 791. The young woman is you.
- 792. But then—
- 793. No.
- 794. Aunt Trunchbull.
- 795. When I left my home,
Aunt Trunchbull's home,
- 796. I had to leave
all my treasures behind.
- 797. Treasures?
Photographs of my mother and father,
- 798. and a beautiful doll my mother
gave me with a china face.
- 799. Lissy Doll, I called her.
- 800. Would you like some milk?
- 801. Why don't you run away?
- 802. I've often thought about it,
but I can't abandon my children.
- 803. And if I couldn't teach,
I'd have nothing at all.
- 804. You're very brave, Miss Honey.
- 805. Not as brave as you.
- 806. I thought grownups
weren't afraid of anything.
- 807. Quite the contrary.
- 808. All grownups get scared,
just like children.
- 809. I wonder what
Miss Trunchbull is afraid of.
- 810. There she is.
- 811. Shot put.
- 812. Hammer throw.
- 813. Javelin.
- 814. Back, back, back, back!
- 815. She's afraid of a cat?
- 816. Black cats.
She's very superstitious.
- 817. Go!
- 818. Go!
- 819. Oh.
- 820. Poor kitty.
- 821. Oh, he's all right.
- 822. Let's go get your treasures.
- 823. Well, she's gone. Come on.
- 824. Matilda!
- 825. Come on, move, you
piece of junkyard fodder.
- 826. Shift, you— No, no.
- 827. My house.
- 828. Oh, my.
- 829. My father's portrait
used to hang there.
- 830. Whoever painted the Trunchbull
must have had a strong stomach.
- 831. A really strong stomach.
- 832. We should go.
- 833. Father's chocolate box.
- 834. After supper, he'd take
a chocolate, cut it in half,
- 835. and he'd always
give me the bigger half.
- 836. When he died, Trunchbull would count
them so I couldn't even sneak one.
- 837. She'd take a chocolate,
bring it to her lips and say:
- 838. Much too good for children.
- 839. Have one.
- 840. No, she'd notice.
- 841. Where's Lissy Doll?
- 842. Matilda.
- 843. What?
- 844. Matilda.
- 845. You filthy—
Crush the little weasel!
- 846. This is my room.
- 847. That's my dad.
- 848. What's his name?
- 849. I used to call him King Magnus
and he called me Bumblebee.
- 850. I don't think Magnus
- 851. Neither do I.
- 852. Is that Lissy Doll?
- 853. Wormwood, you
useless, used-car-salesman scum!
- 854. I want you around here now
with another car!
- 855. Yes, I know what caveat emptor
means, you lowlife liar!
- 856. I'm gonna sue you. I'm gonna
burn down your showroom!
- 857. I'm gonna take that no-good jalopy you
sold me and shove it up your bazooga!
- 858. When I'm finished with you,
you're gonna look like roadkill!
- 859. You what? Ha, ha, you—
- 860. Come on.
- 861. Shouldn't we hide or something?
Yeah. Yeah, go.
- 862. Go to the end of the hall, down the
stairs and out the kitchen door.
- 863. I'll distract her.
- 864. Who's in my house?
- 865. Come out and fight like a man!
- 866. Aha!
- 867. Tallyho!
- 868. Oh.
- 869. Oh!
- 870. Come on, come on.
- 871. Come on, over there.
- 872. Some rats are gonna die today.
- 873. Oh, my goodness.
- 874. Feel my heart.
- 875. Weren't you the most scared
you've ever been in your whole life?
- 876. Come on, let's go.
- 877. She shouldn't be allowed
to treat people like that.
- 878. Somebody's gotta teach her a lesson.
- 879. We'll wait until she leaves again,
then we'll go get your doll.
- 880. What?
- 881. Come here.
- 882. Matilda, promise me you will never
go back in that house again.
- 883. I promise.
- 884. Okay. Come on.
- 885. Ha-ha-ha. So he came home
with $2000 cash
- 886. and he threw it up in the air
- 887. and we both just swam in it like
we were on The Million Dollar Sticky.
- 888. Do you like that show?
- 889. I love that show.
- 890. That was the old days.
- 891. Now he's got money in banks all over
this planet, and does he give me a dime?
- 892. Matilda, this is Bob and Bill.
- 893. They are not cops. They are
Ace Powerboat salesmen.
- 894. Babyface, I'm starved!
- 895. Hi, Harry.
- 896. Who are you?
- 897. What is this, a hot tub party?
Get the hell out of here!
- 898. I slave all day, I come home, you're entertaining
a couple of surfer-dude bodybuilders.
- 899. They're cops, Dad.
- 900. You interested in time-share?
Get out of here.
- 901. You don't let me talk to people.
I am in a cage, Harry.
- 902. I need to talk to somebody
besides our stupid kids.
- 903. Oh, yeah? A man is entitled to come
home and find dinner on the table
- 904. without having to wade
through male strippers!
- 905. Dad?
What do you want?
- 906. - Yell at me, okay?
- Shut up and leave us alone!
- 907. - Yell at me again.
- Yell at you?
- 908. I'll come in and pound
your miserable hide!
- 909. What do I have to do
to gain respect around here?
- 910. I'm gonna give you a tanning like
you've never had in your life!
- 911. My word is my law!
You understand? Law!
- 912. No kid likes being yelled at,
- 913. but it was precisely
Harry's ranting and raving
- 914. that gave Matilda
the key to her power.
- 915. To unlock that power,
all she had to do was practice.
- 916. You're a little cheat.
What, are you stupid?
- 917. I'm smart, you're dumb.
The apple never rots far from the tree.
- 918. I think there is something
wrong with that girl.
- 919. I'm right, you're wrong.
Hey, dip-face, here's your book.
- 920. You're a Wormwood.
It's time you started acting like one!
- 921. That was my personal favorite played
especially for all you little bitty pretty ones
- 922. moving and grooving
on this sunny afternoon.
- 923. Playing music to make you smile,
so you'd better not touch that d—
- 924. Shouldn't we have a search
warrant to do this?
- 925. No, this guy's dirty.
- 926. Once we show this tape in court,
Wormwood's goose is cooked.
- 927. I'm sure that box is full
of stolen car parts.
- 928. You've been taping all week.
- 929. How about letting me handle
that camera for a while?
- 930. You know how to use it?
- 931. You know about the zoom
and the white balance?
- 932. You know how to adjust the eyepiece?
I can handle it.
- 933. Besides, it's my turn.
- 934. Yeah, your turn to drop it.
- 935. I won't drop it.
- 936. Come on.
- 937. You two men are gonna be
in a lot of trouble very soon.
- 938. It's the female minor.
- 939. Aren't you supposed
to be in school, young lady?
- 940. I really hope you have
a search warrant.
- 941. According to a constitutional
law book I read in the library,
- 942. if you don't have one, you could lose
your job or even go to federal prison.
- 943. It's your father who's
going to federal prison.
- 944. And you know where you'll end up?
In a federal orphanage.
- 945. If you cooperate, we'll make
sure it's a nice orphanage.
- 946. The kind with food
and teeny-weeny cockroaches.
- 947. What do you say?
- 948. There's another crime in the making.
Your car's about to run a stop sign.
- 949. So she bought a little time
for her dad to come to his senses.
- 950. But now Matilda had
bigger fish to fry,
- 951. much bigger.
- 952. Hey, dip-face,
where are you going?
- 953. Out.
- 954. Hey, dip-face, have a carrot.
- 955. Chew your food.
You're an animal.
- 956. Having power
isn't nearly as important
- 957. as what you choose to do with it.
- 958. And what Matilda had in mind
was nothing short of heroic.
- 959. Come here. Come on.
Lissy Doll, come on.
- 960. Come, Lissy. Come on, doll.
Please. Come on.
- 961. Come on, Lissy.
Please come here.
- 962. Yes!
- 963. Leave me alone!
- 964. Magnus!
- 965. Miss Honey! Miss Honey,
you'll never believe what I got you.
- 966. Oh, Matilda.
- 967. Matilda.
Oh, I also brought you this.
- 968. I ate mine last night.
- 969. I will be teaching
your class today.
- 970. In the time it took Miss
Honey to get very, very nervous,
- 971. Matilda had formulated a plan.
- 972. She is really raving mad.
- 973. What is it your father used to call you?
- 974. Bumblebee. I'm sure
she knows the doll's missing.
- 975. And he called her
- 976. No, I suppose he called her
Agatha. Yes, that's—
- 977. She called him Magnus, right?
- 978. Maybe I could go back to the house and put
the doll back while she's still at school.
- 979. Tsk. No, I can't do that.
Calm down, Miss Honey. Really.
- 980. It's gonna be okay,
- 981. Sweetheart, you promised you wouldn't
go back in that house again.
- 982. I didn't. I was on the garage roof.
I did it with my powers.
- 983. Okay, on the garage roof
with your powers.
- 984. All right, I need to think.
- 985. Powers.
- 986. I think I've got them down.
- 987. No more Miss Nice Girl.
- 988. Get inside.
Inside! Quickly, run!
- 989. Run! Get against the wall!
Against that wall. Quickly!
- 990. Don't make me wait.
- 991. Water!
- 992. And hold the newt.
- 993. Join the ranks. Move!
- 994. I am here to teach
you all a lesson.
- 995. Sometimes in life, horrible
and unexplainable things happen.
- 996. These things are a test of character.
- 997. And I have character.
- 998. Form a line across the room! Quickly!
Run, run, run! Don't keep me waiting.
- 999. Fill this gap!
- 1000. I expect you're wondering
what I'm talking about. Hm?
- 1001. Yes.
- 1002. A child came to my house.
- 1003. I don't know how, I don't
know when, I don't know why.
- 1004. Miss Trunchbull, may I—?
No, you may not.
- 1005. But I know a child came.
- 1006. So did you know it was illegal
- 1007. to enter someone's home
without their permission?
- 1008. Yes, Miss Trunchbull.
- 1009. Stand straight!
Stomachs in! Shoulders back!
- 1010. Do any of you recognize...
- 1011. this?
- 1012. Hmm?
- 1013. Let's play a game. Shall we?
- 1014. Who was wearing a pretty
red hair ribbon yesterday
- 1015. and isn't wearing one today?
- 1016. Can you answer me that?
- 1017. Who does this
disgusting ribbon belong to?
- 1018. I shall personally see to it
- 1019. that the demented, drooling,
slime-breathed little Lilliputian
- 1020. who owns this disgusting ribbon
- 1021. will never see the light
of day again. You.
- 1022. Miss Trunchbull, I was the one who was
at your house last night. I know what—
- 1023. I broke your arm once before,
I can do it again, Jenny.
- 1024. I am not 7 years old
anymore, Aunt Trunchbull.
- 1025. Shut your holes!
- 1026. You will be put away in a place
- 1027. where not even the crows
can land their droppings on you.
- 1028. Look.
- 1029. - The chalk.
- The chalk.
- 1030. - Chalk.
- The blinds.
- 1031. "A."
- 1032. this is Magnus.
- 1033. Give my...
- 1034. little Bumblebee...
- 1035. her house...
- 1036. and her money."
- 1037. - Money?
- "Then get out of town.
- 1038. If you don't, I will get you.
- 1039. I will get you like you got me.
- 1040. That is a promise."
- 1041. No, no, Miss Trunchbull,
please don't throw him.
- 1042. Woo-hoo-hoo! Woo-hoo!
- 1043. - Lavender!
- 1044. - Neat!
- That's cool.
- 1045. It's the Trunch.
- 1046. Wow!
Hey, you guys, look at this.
- 1047. Yes!
- 1048. Let go.
- 1049. Wow. Cool. I didn't know
I could do that.
- 1050. Pretty good, huh?
- 1051. Aah!
- 1052. Yeah!
- 1053. And the Trunchbull was gone,
never to be seen or heard from,
- 1054. never to darken a doorway again.
- 1055. Miss Honey moved back
into her father's house.
- 1056. Teatime.
- 1057. Of course, Matilda was
a frequent visitor.
- 1058. Did you know that the heart of a mouse
beats at the rate of 650 times a minute?
- 1059. My, where'd you learn that?
In a book.
- 1060. It beats so fast, it doesn't sound like beating at all.
it sounds like it's humming.
- 1061. A porcupine's heart beats
300 times a minute.
- 1062. - All right.
- 1063. Hey, you.
- 1064. Hey, we're leaving. Let's go.
Get in the car. Hurry up.
- 1065. Let's wrap up these cookies.
Come on, we're leaving. Now.
- 1066. I'd be happy
to walk her home.
- 1067. Well, nobody will be there.
We're moving to Guam.
- 1068. Come on, let's go.
- 1069. Daddy's not gonna be in
the auto business anymore.
- 1070. I don't want to leave.
- 1071. But we're going
on a permanent vacation.
- 1072. Yeah, and we gotta beat the
speedboat salesmen to the airport.
- 1073. I love it here.
I love my school. It isn't fair.
- 1074. Miss Honey, please
don't let them take me.
- 1075. Get in the car, Melinda.
- 1076. Whatever.
I want to stay with Miss Honey.
- 1077. Well, Miss Honey
doesn't want you.
- 1078. Why would she want some
snotty, disobedient kid?
- 1079. Because she's a spectacularly
wonderful child, and I love her.
- 1080. Adopt me, Miss Honey.
You can adopt me.
- 1081. Look, I don't have time
for all these legalities.
- 1082. One second, Dad,
I have the adoption papers.
- 1083. What?
- 1084. Hey, where'd you get those?
From a book in the library.
- 1085. I've had them since
I was big enough to Xerox.
- 1086. Are you hearing this, Harry?
- 1087. All you have to do is sign them.
I'll be an only child again.
- 1088. Shut up! I can't think
with all these sirens.
- 1089. What do you think, pumpkin?
- 1090. You're the only daughter
I ever had, Matilda.
- 1091. And I never understood you,
not one little bit.
- 1092. Who's got a pen?
- 1093. Here.
- 1094. And doing, perhaps, the first decent
thing they ever did for their daughter,
- 1095. the Wormwoods signed
the adoption papers.
- 1096. And here.
- 1097. All right, come on. Here.
- 1098. You're not gonna be calling us for support
payments or something like that, huh?
- 1099. Oh, no, no. We'll have everything we need.
- 1100. All right, here. Let's roll.
- 1101. Ciao.
- 1102. So Harry and Zinnia got away.
- 1103. And as bad as things were before,
that's how good they became.
- 1104. Miss Honey was made
principal of Crunchem Hall,
- 1105. which had to add an upper school because
children never wanted to leave.
- 1106. And Matilda found,
to her great surprise,
- 1107. that life could be fun.
- 1108. And she decided to have
as much of it as possible.
- 1109. After all, she was a very smart kid.
- 1110. But the happiest part of the story
- 1111. is that Matilda and Miss Honey
- 1112. each got what they had
- 1113. A loving family.
- 1114. And Matilda never had
to use her powers again.
- 1115. Well, I mean, almost never.
- 1116. “Call me Ishmael.
- 1117. Some years ago,
never mind how long precisely,
- 1118. having little or no money in my
purse and nothing particular to..."