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Quote #1

Many times a day, he would see other children taking bars of creamy chocolate out of their pockets and munching them greedily, and that, of course, was pure torture (1.15).

Charlie literally can't afford to be greedy. He gets one chocolate bar a year. And don't forget – Charlie savors his. You won't see him eating the whole thing in one sitting.

Quote #2

"He eats so many bars of chocolate a day that it was almost impossible for him not to find one. Eating is his hobby, you know. That's all he's interested in. But still, that's better than being a hooligan and shooting off zip guns and things like that in his spare time, isn't it?" (6.2)

Hmm. Is it really better? Of course shooting off zip guns sounds dangerous, but so does almost drowning in a chocolate river, which is what Augustus eventually does.

Quote #3

Fully grown women were seen going into sweet shops and buying ten Wonka bars at a time, then tearing off the wrappers on the spot and peering eagerly underneath for a glint of golden paper. Children were taking hammers and smashing their piggy banks and running out to the shops with handfuls of money. In one city, a famous gangster robbed a bank of ten thousand pounds and spent the whole lot on Wonka bars that same afternoon. (6.6)

Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket offer certainly doesn't seem to be bringing out the best in people. Do you think Wonka is enjoying the commotion? Or is he horrified?

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