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20 Hidden Details You Missed In "Matilda"

That Trunchbull is even more messed up than you thought.

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1. Bingo World is one of the magazines Matilda reads as a young child. Another appears to be called The Complete Guide to Selling Things Nobody Wants.

2. Books Matilda took out from the library included Dickens' The Pickwick Papers and Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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Other titles: Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, and a book of Shakespeare sonnets.


4. You can see the reflection of a porcelain tiger in the toaster in this shot.

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Intentional? Foreshadowing, perhaps? Of Matilda's strength and courage?

5. The Wormwoods' kitchen whiteboard includes the note: "Call psychic hotline today!"

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Another note reads: "Bingo with Sally 10 a.m." And then there's a grocery list: "Lotto tickets, Fritos, beer, Jell-o, chips..."


10. There's a sign in Miss Trunchbull's office reading "Thou Shalt Not Kill."

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OMG scary! Especially considering the implication that she murdered Miss Honey's father. Does this imply regret?

13. The school rules on one side of the classroom include "no praying" and "no fun."

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The others read: No talking, no laughing, no whispering, no gum chewing, no late homework, no running in halls, no pigtails, no eating, no coloring, no playing, and no daydreaming.


14. Another sign reads "student's duties," which includes "animals in cages."

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The rest reads: Students must...Obey their teacher, sit straight, be quiet, pay attention, do homework, salute the headmistress, raise hand for questions, arrive on time, dress properly, and obey the headmistress.

19. Lissy Doll turns out to look a lot like Matilda, especially when we see Matilda's nearly matching outfit in one of the final scenes.

Pink ribbon and dainty floral prints!

20. In the final scene we see that The Witches is one of the books on Matilda's shelf, which was written by Roald Dahl, who also wrote Matilda!

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