Every once in a while a fictional villain comes along who is so wonderfully wicked, we dislike and fear her with glee. In the children's book, "Matilda" by Raold Dahl -- who understood the world of children better than anyone else -- Miss Trunchbull plays a key role. She is the yin to Matilda's yang. The story revolves around Miss Trunchbull's delightful wickedness.
Miss Trunchbull is known for her skills in the hammer throw and shotput. Although she is a woman, there is no mistaking her for feminine, and any resemblance between her and a member of the female sex is purely coincidental. "Miss Trunchbull, the Headmistress, was something else altogether. She was a gigantic holy terror, a fierce tyrannical monster who frightened the life out of the pupils and teachers alike." ... Raold Dahl
Occasionally in my life I have to deal with tyrannical people like this. Fortunately, they are few and far between -- however -- I am currently dealing with a "Miss Trunchbull" on a daily basis. She is a wonder to behold. She is loud, coarse, masculine, rude, vulgar -- you should hear her sneeze -- and worst of all, she is a tyrant of the worst kind. She has ingratiated herself with people in high places, as all tyrants do, so there is no recourse for her tyranny -- all but one, that is. The best recourse in dealing with a tyrant is the same one used by Raold Dahl: Laughter. Make the tyrant an object of humor. It's like sticking a pin in a balloon. Suddenly, instead of being a threat, the tyrant looks ridiculous. It works wonderfully. So, here, in all her glory, is our Miss Trunchbull.
How do you deal with the villains in your life?