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Quote #1

These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket (1.1).

It's the first line of the book, and already we know that we're dealing with a family. And a quirky one at that, with a last name like Bucket.

Quote #2

Charlie felt it worst of all. And although his father and mother often went without their own share of lunch or supper so that they could give it to him, it still wasn't nearly enough for a growing boy. (1.14)

Wow. Check out how much Mr. and Mrs. Bucket love their son. They're willing to go without their own meals in order to feed their growing boy. They seem like pretty great parents.

Quote #3

But as soon as they heard the door opening, and heard Charlie's voice saying, "Good evening, Grandpa Joe and Grandpa Josephine, and Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina," then all four of them would suddenly sit up, and their old wrinkled faces would light up with smiles of pleasure. (2.2)

All the grandparents, too, really love Charlie. He must be an awesome kid to have around. He brings life into his rather sad house – even his old, ill grandparents light up when they see him.

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