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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Grandpa Joe Timeline and Summary
We're introduced to Grandpa Joe at the very beginning of the story, where we learn that he's Mr. Bucket's father. Grandpa Joe, it turns out, shares one bed with the other three of Charlie's grandparents. They're all old and tired and never get out of bed. When Charlie asks about Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, Grandpa Joe tells him lots of stories, including the one about Prince Pondicherry. He also tells Charlie about the spies, and those mysterious workers who never leave the factory. How does Grandpa Joe know so much? Later, after Grandpa Joe finds out about Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket offer, he thinks it would be awesome if Charlie won one. After Charlie's birthday chocolate bar comes up bust, Grandpa Joe gives Charlie money that he's saved up, so that Charlie can try to find a Golden Ticket again. No luck. But then, Charlie does find a Golden Ticket, and Grandpa Joe is so pumped he leaps out of bed and starts dancing. The family all agrees – Grandpa Joe should be the one to go to the factory with Charlie. At the factory, Grandpa Joe seems totally thrilled by everything he sees. He also defends Mr. Wonka and his crazy ways to the other parents. Once all the other kids have met their fates, Grandpa Joe points out to Mr. Wonka that Charlie's the only one left. As it turns out, Mr. Wonka is going to give the factory to Charlie, and Grandpa Joe is beyond elated to hear this. In fact, he can barely believe it at first. In the end, Grandpa Joe, along with Charlie and Mr. Wonka, shoves the other grandparents and Mr. and Mrs. Bucket into the elevator, and off they go to their new home: Charlie's chocolate factory.