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"Quite the contrary. All grownups get scared, just like children."
~ Miss Honey

Jennifer "Jenny" Honey, also called Miss Honey, is the deuteragonist of Roald Dahl's Matilda. She is Matilda Wormwood's school teacher and later, legal guardian. She is played in the film adaptation by Embeth Davitz, who also played Helen Hirsch from Schindler's List.

Unlike the school principal, Agatha Trunchbull (who is her aunt), she is a selfless, innocent, nice woman. She has a dark secret, but she doesn't intend to let it interfere with her teaching, although she accidentally does in the climax.

Prior to the events of the story, according to a flashback, her mother died when she was two, and her father, a doctor, died when she was five.

Since her father's death, Miss Honey was abused by her aunt, and the latter took away what she had and made sure she couldn't even sneak a chocolate. Throughout the movie, Miss Honey may be innocent but she's not afraid to speak her mind, like when she tells off Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and stands up to Miss Trunchbull and helps Matilda and her class run Trunchbull off for good at the end of the film.

Trivia

  • Jennifer's actions in revealing Trunchbull's fear of supernatural things to Matilda can be considered as Checkov Gun, as by the time Matilda has mastered her psychic powers, the said power turned out come in handy to teach Trunchbull a lesson for her wrongdoings.

Quotes

Ms. Honey: She take a chocolate, bring her to her lips, and say...

Ms. Trunchbull: Much too good for children.

~ Matilda telling her the Trunchbull ate chocolate
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