He later drew on this cruelty to write extremely popular children’s books such as “Matilda.” In this book, Matilda Wormwood’s headmistress at Crunchem School wields an iron cane and puts students inside a small, nail-studded cupboard as punishment for minor misbehaviors.
When my children were little, their mum and I used to read them Roald Dahl. At some point it dawned on us that Dahl's characters had a not-very-easy-to-spot in-built cruelty.
Nice article. Thanks.