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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

Foolishness and Folly Quotes

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Quote #7

"Well, well well," sighed Mr. Willy Wonka, "two naughty little children gone. Three good little children left. I think we'd better get out of this room quickly before we lose anyone else!" (22.1)

Now we've got the real story. It's the naughty children – who make foolish choices – who are gone. But the well-behaved ones will get to see the rest of the factory. Or so we think…

Quote #8

"Don't!" said Mr. Wonka quickly, but he was too late. The girl had already thrown open the door and rushed in. (24.20)

Why won't any of these kids listen? It seems like no matter what Mr. Wonka or their parents say, these kids do the exact opposite. Except our Charlie, of course.

Quote #9

Mrs. Salt bent further forward to get a closer look. She was now kneeling right on the edge of the whole with her head down and her enormous behind sticking up in the air like a giant mushroom. It was a dangerous position to be in. She needed only one tiny little push... one gentle nudge in the right direction... and that is exactly what the squirrels gave her!" (25.56)

Up until now, it's mostly been the children who have been foolishly misbehaving. But here, Mrs. Salt behaves just as dumbly as her daughter. And of course, she pays for her own mistake, too.

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