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A book? What do you want a book for?
To read? Why would you want to read when you got the television set sitting right in front of you? There's nothing you can get from a book that you can't get from a television faster.
(pointing her riding crop at Amanda) Can you spell?
Miss Honey taught us how to spell a long word yesterday. We can spell "difficulty".
You couldn't spell "difficulty" if your life depended on it.
She taught us with a poem.
(mimicking Amanda with a high-pitched tone) A poem? How sweet. What poem would that be?
Mrs. D, Mrs. I... (everyone in the room except Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey join in)
(chanting with the rest of the class) Mrs. F-F-I. Mrs. C, Mrs. U, Mrs. L-T-Y!
(strikes a desktop with her riding crop and all the children instantly face forward) WHY ARE ALL THESE WOMEN MARRIED? (moves between the desks)
Mrs. D? Mrs. I? You're supposed to be teaching SPELLING, not poetry! (whacks the desk again with her riding crop)
(accusing Matilda of putting a newt in her drinking water) You didn't like the chokey, did you? Thought you'd pay me back, didn't you? Well, I'll pay you back, young lady.
For what, Miss Trunchbull?
For this newt, you pi**-worm!
I'm telling you, I didn't do it!
Besides, even if you didn't do it, I'm going to punish you, because I'm big and you're small, I'm right and you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it!
Miss Trunchbull, I was the one who was at your house last night, and I think...
(grabbing and clenching Miss Honey's wrist very tightly in her fist) I broke your arm once before; I can do it again, Jenny.
(suddenly mad, she briskly releases her arm from Miss Trunchbull's grip with her free hand) I am *not* seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull! (the class gasps)
Shut your mouths!
Since you're an educator, I'll make you a deal.
Let's do business.
Daddy, you're a crook.
This is illegal.
(hands the car drill to Mikey, then walks to Matilda) You make money? Do you have a job?
No, but don't people need good cars? Can't you sell good cars, Dad?
Listen, you little wiseacre: I'm smart, you're dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Why don't you run away?
I've often thought about it, but... I can't abandon my children. And if I couldn't teach, I'd have nothing at all.
You're very brave, Miss Honey.
Not as brave as you.
I thought grown-ups weren't afraid of anything.
Quite the contrary. All grown-ups get scared, just like children.
I wonder what Miss Trunchbull is afraid of.
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