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This is a wonderful book and the plot is so new and thought provoking on so many levels. I have never read Great Expectations and will now read this book as well. I highly recommend this book
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Married to a native of the island; chose to stay behind while the teachers fled from the war; takes over the children's teaching; reads Charles Dicken's Great Expectations.
Precocious; forms a strong attachment with the main character, Pip, from Great Expectations; uses the book as a form of escapsim; learns independence.
Matilda's mother; feels threatened by what Mr. Watts is teaching the children.