"Lavender was exceptionally small for her age, a skinny little nymph with deep-brown eyes and with dark hair that was cut in a fringe across her forehead."
Lavender is Matilda Wormwood's best friend. Described as "gutsy and adventurous," she is just as enthralled by Hortensia's Trunchbull horror stories as Matilda, and later on she devises her own way to cause that terrible headmistress of theirs a few troubles. It involves a glass of water and a slippery creature...
You can rely on us.
We may be small but we're quite tough.
How can she get away with it? Surely the children go home and tell their mothers and fathers.