Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Family Quotes Page 3
How we cite our quotes:
"For though she's spoiled, and dreadfully so,
A girl can't spoil herself, you know.
Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed?
Who pandered to her every need? […]
They are (and this is very sad)
Her loving parents, MUM AND DAD." (24.67)
Think about Veruca Salt's parents. And now think about Charlie's. Could they be any more different? Veruca's "loving" parents spoil her rotten, while Charlie's parents struggle to even feed their family. That hardly seems fair. But then, like Mr. Wonka says, it all comes out in the wash.
Old Grandpa Joe staggered to his feet and caught hold of a strap. Little Charlie, who couldn't possibly reach as high as that, put his arms around Grandpa Joe's legs and hung on tight. (25.37)
How sweet – Grandpa Joe's got Charlie covered. And Charlie can count on Grandpa Joe to be there for him, even when he can't quite reach the handholds in the elevator.
"We must go at once and fetch the rest of the family – Charlie father and his mother and anyone else that's around! They can all live in the factory from now on! They can all help to run it until Charlie is old enough to do it by himself!" (30.14)
Mr. Wonka's quite the family man, too. He could just give the factory to Charlie and tell him he can have it when he turns eighteen. But instead, he wants to bring the whole family in on the deal. And we can't help but be excited for them. Who could possibly deserve a break more than the Buckets?