From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Paris is a city of wonder and excitement, "far away and wonderful," and Matilda longs to go there (5.51). But while Paris may be the city of love and lights, our business-minded young heroine also wishes to visit in order to collect French "fripperies" – trinkets to sell to customers in her own brand new expanded store (6.33). She may be a dreamer, but this girl is also always an entrepreneur.
What else does Paris, or even France come, to symbolize in the novel? (Hint: think of the French doctors at Bush Hill.)