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1. Bingo World was one of the magazines Matilda enjoyed reading as a young child. Another one seems to be called The Complete Guide to Selling Things Nobody Wants.
2. The books Matilda decided to check out from the library included Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers and Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Others include: 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.
3. The Wormwood’s alarm clock was decorated with dice.
Gambling addiction, anyone?
4. You can catch the reflection of a porcelain tiger in the toaster in one of the kitchen scenes.
Was it intentional or foreshadowing of Matilda’s strength and courage?
5. The Wormwood’s kitchen whiteboard dawns a handwritten note: “Call psychic hotline today!”
Another message reads, “Bingo with Sally 10:00 a.m.” Then a grocery list: “Lotto tickets, Fritos, beer, Jell-o, chips . . .”
6. Mrs. Wormwood has to wear sunglasses when she watches TV. . . in the dark.
7. There’s a hand-drawn picture taped up in Matilda’s bedroom that says, “Lost child.”
Ugh, so sad.
8. Although you can’t clearly read the state name, the blue-and-yellow license plate on Mr. Wormwood’s car might suggest that the movie takes place in California.
9. Mrs. Wormwood drinks her beer out of a straw.
10. There’s a sign hanging in Miss Trunchbull’s office reading, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”
Oh, that’s not terrifying.