Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Foolishness and Folly Quotes Page 1
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"'Nonsense!' shouted the Prince. 'I'm not going to eat my palace! I'm not even going to nibble the staircase or lick the walls! I'm going to live in it!'" (3.5)
Okay, Prince Pondicherry. We understand that most palaces are meant to be lived in. But are most palaces made of chocolate?
The famous English scientist, Professor Foulbody, invented a machine which would tell you at once, without opening the wrapper of a bar of chocolate, whether or not there was a Golden Ticket hidden underneath it. […] But unfortunately, while the Professor was showing off the machine to the public […] the mechanical arm shot out and made a grab for the gold filling in the back tooth of a duchess who was standing near by. (6.6)
This machine might have seemed like a good idea at first, but once we think about it, a robot arm grabbing anything gold sounds a wee bit dangerous. It seems like the professor got so caught up in the search for the Golden Ticket, he didn't think too hard about his design.
"I think," he said quietly, "I think... I'll have just one more of those chocolate bars. The same kind as before, please." (11.8)
Poor Charlie. This is his most foolish moment in the story. But he's such a good kid, the craziest thing he can do is buy another chocolate bar, even though he doesn't really need it, and could spend the money on something a little more healthful. If that's Charlie being foolish, he's generally in good shape.