| Quote #7
The children and their parents were too flabbergasted to speak. They were staggered. They were dumbfounded. They were bewildered and dazzled. They were completely bowled over by the hugeness of the whole thing. They simply stood and stared. (15.8)
In case we can't get the hint, Dahl gives us a whole string of words to show the awe and amazement everyone must be feeling, followed by the classic shock pose: standing and staring. After all, what else can you do when you're "completely bowled over?"
| Quote #8
Everything that he had seen so far – the great chocolate river, the waterfall, the huge sucking pipes, the minty sugar meadows, the Oompa-Loompas, the beautiful pink boat, and most of all, Mr. Willy Wonka himself – had been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be any more astonishments left. (18.10)
Charlie hasn't had a lot of astonishments in his life. He's been hungry and poor for quite a while. So imagine how spectacular it must feel to wander among minty sugar meadows and chocolate rivers. If anyone deserves such fun, it's Charlie.
| Quote #9
Charlie Bucket stared around him in astonishment. This was the craziest elevator he had ever seen. There were buttons everywhere! (25.7)
The chocolate factory is astonishing right down to the last detail. Even the elevator.