Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Chapter 27 Summary
Mike Teavee is Sent by Television
As you can imagine, Mike Teavee is on Cloud 9 after seeing this. He wants to know more, he wants to know everything: can you send a person from one place to another through television?
Willy Wonka thinks that's crazy, but he also knows that nothing is impossible, so he says yes, he supposes that might be possible.
Mike Teavee doesn't need to hear any more. Before they know it, he has run to the other side of the room and flipped the switch. A flash – and he's gone.
Once more, we have some very panicked parents. They all crowd around the TV set, hoping for the best (although Wonka doesn't inspire much confidence with his comments).
And after a very long, tense moment, Mike Teavee appears in the set, giddy as a schoolboy (which he is), but pocket-sized!
Mike cannot care less that he is now the size of a hand – he is so excited to be the first person sent by television that nothing else matters. Except watching television, that is, which he insists he can still do.
Willy really can't care less either, but to calm the parents down, he says he'll send Mike to the chewing-gum stretching machine to see if he can't be stretched right out. He'll get a little thinned out, but with Mr. Wonka's Supervitamin, he'll be just fine.
Another hilarious discussion between panicked parents and not-so-panicked Wonka then takes place, and it ends with the Oompa-Loompas singing yet another song.
This time, the song is about how terrible television is and how instead of watching TV, children should read. Yep, read. Like, say, Roald Dahl books?