Towards the beginning of
, Roald Dahl portrays his eponymous heroine as someone who is knowledgeable about the power of story to have a controlling effect on a listener.
Matilda has put superglue on her father’s hat and it is stuck to his head. She tells her traumatised father about a boy who got superglue on his finger without knowing it and then got it stuck up his nose.
Mr Wormwood jumped. ‘What happened to him?’ he spluttered.
‘The finger got stuck inside his nose,’ Matilda said, ‘and he had to go around like that for a week. … He looked an awful fool.’