What did Mr.Wormwood do to Matilda's library book? What is Matilda's plan of counter attack? Why was Mr. Wormwood trying to teach Micheal arithmetic?

Mr. Wormwood tears up Matilda's library book. She plans a counter-attack in which she scares her father by convincing him a parrot she has hidden is a ghost. Mr. Wormwood tries to teach Michael arithmetic because, as the son of the family, he is supposed to take over the family business.

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One day, Mr. Wormwood comes home from work at the used car lot in a bad mood. Matilda is sitting reading John Steinbeck's The Red Pony , which she borrowed from the library. Her father notices her reading and gets irate. He is infuriated that she gets pleasure from something...

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One day, Mr. Wormwood comes home from work at the used car lot in a bad mood. Matilda is sitting reading John Steinbeck's The Red Pony, which she borrowed from the library. Her father notices her reading and gets irate. He is infuriated that she gets pleasure from something he can't understand and asks her if she ever stops reading. Then he calls the book "filth" because it was written by an American author. Finally, he begins to rip the book up, tearing out pages and throwing them in the trash. Matilda is upset and realizes her father is experiencing "some kind of jealousy." She tells him the book is from the library, but he doesn't care, jeering at her that she will have to save her "pocket money" to pay the library back for it. Matilda is angered over this, but, as is her habit, decides to get even rather than upset.

She gives her friend Fred her weekly pocket money to borrow his parrot for a night. She then stuffs it in its cage up the chimney and uses it to terrify her father by convincing him it is a ghost.

Mr. Wormwood is trying to teach Michael arithmetic because he favors him. He likes him best because he is boy. Also, he wants him to take over the family business, so he works on math with him. However, Matilda is the one who is good at math.

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