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Over the next couple of weeks, it gets really cold and snowy; Charlie's family can't think of anything but keeping warm and eating, and they aren't having much luck with either.
Really, the family has very little food, let alone the warm, comfort food that most of us are lucky to have in the cold of winter.
Charlie's dad has lost his job, and their only income comes from Mr. Bucket's snow-shoveling in the neighborhood.
The whole family is worried about Charlie, who keeps standing outside Wonka's Factory, inhaling the chocolate smell, "as though he were trying to eat the smell itself" (10.9).
Charlie begins to get thinner and weaker and he does everything he can to prevent exhaustion.
One day on his way home from school, he spots something shiny in the snow, only to realize that he's found a fifty-pence piece. (!)
He looks around to be sure no one dropped it and then he realizes what this means: he will get a scrumptious, much needed chocolate bar at the store nearby. And then, of course, he'll give whatever money is left over to his mother.