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Matilda Chapter 19 Summary
At home, Matilda has the place to herself, which is perfect for what she wants.
She borrows one of her dad's cigars and shuts herself in her room.
What she's doing has something to do with helping Miss Honey, but we don't know the specifics yet.
Matilda makes a little space for the cigar and sets to work concentrating on her special mental power to make it move.
The movement's even easier this time and the cigar moves quickly. So Matilda challenges herself more. She wants to
the cigar with her mind.
This is a lot harder than pushing it. She has to work really hard.
After all, as anybody who's ever attempted telekinesis knows, it takes serious effort. Shmoop knows. We've tried.
After a while, Matilda picks the cigar up just a little, just for a moment. She keeps doing it. Eventually she can keep it in the air for sixty seconds. She's
But this is hard work. It wipes her out and she falls asleep, just like that. Her mom has to wake her up for dinner.
Matilda perseveres, and for a whole week, she works on moving the cigar with her mind.
Pretty soon, she's excellent at moving the cigar in swirls and loops through the air.
She decides she's ready.
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