Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
How we cite our quotes:
"But I want an Oompa-Loompa!" screamed Veruca.
"All right, Veruca, all right. But I can't get it for you this second. Please be patient. I'll see you have one before the day is out." (16.14)
Veruca's so greedy, she actually wants to keep real people as pets. Check out how her parents give in to her greediness, too. They promise they'll get her an Oompa-Loompa, never stopping to think that that might not be possible, or even right.
"Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop!
The great big greedy nincompoop!
How long could we allow this beast
To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast
On everything he wanted to?
Great Scott! It simply wouldn't do!"(17.64)
Hmm. The Oompa-Loompas are making it seem as if they made Augustus fall into the river and get sucked up the pipe as punishment for his greed and gluttony. But is that really what happened? Take a closer look at Chapter 17 to find out.
"They're not for sale," Mr. Wonka answered. "She can't have one."
"Who says I can't!" shouted Veruca. "I'm going in to get myself one this very minute!" (24.19)
Veruca, Veruca, Veruca. Will you ever learn? She's so greedy she can't even understand that she simply can't have what she wants. The Oompa-Loompas, after all, are people – they're not for sale.