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Quote #4

Charlie hadn't moved. He hadn't even unwrapped the Golden Ticket from around the chocolate. He was standing very still, holding it tightly with both hands while the crowd pushed and shouted all around him. He felt quite dizzy. (11.20)

It's almost as if time has stood still. Charlie is totally unable to believe his own luck. And Dahl describes the moment so perfectly, it feels like we're standing right next to Charlie, jaws on the floor.

Quote #5

Mr. Wonka opened the door. Five children and nine grown-ups pushed their ways in – and oh, what an amazing sight it was that now met their eyes! (15.2)

Dahl's such a good writer that he manages to perfectly recreate the feeling the families must have had when they walked in to the factory. Check out the way he interrupts the sentence. The families are simply walking into the factory, and – boom! Suddenly they're in the most amazing place on earth. When we read the sentence, we feel the shock of the sight too.

Quote #6

"Isn't it terrific?" (15.7)

Even Mr. Wonka is amazed by his own creations, as if he's seeing them for the first time.

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