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    Anyone have read "Matilda" by Roald Dahl?

    If you have, please help me.
    I know Matilda's families are very uneducated and mean.
    Was this 'enlightened household' used as sarcasm? (to show how
    Matilda hankers after books and the house is not appropriate for such child
    to grow up?)

    "At the age of four, she could read fast and well and she naturally began to enjoy books. The only book in the whole of this enlightened
    household was something called 'Easy Cooking' belonging to her mother, and when she had read this from cover to cover and had learnt all the
    recipes by heart, she decided she wanted something more interesting."

    Orelse could you please explain the second sentence?

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    Re: Anyone have read "Matilda" by Roald Dahl?

    not a teacher

    I haven't read "Matilda", but from the information you have given us and a quick look at a synopsis online, I'm prepared to say that "enlightened" is used here sarcastically, as you suggest.

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