Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
How we cite our quotes:
"Mr. Wonka doesn't seem to think so!" cried. Mrs. Gloop. "Just look at him! He's laughing his head off! How dare you laugh like that when my boy's just gone up the pipe! You monster!" (17.40)
Even though Mrs. Gloop is the one who seems to be accusing Mr. Wonka of being crazy, she's getting pretty crazy herself. In fact, everyone's acting a bit kooky at the chocolate factory. Maybe it's the grass made of sugar…
"I'm joking," said Mr. Wonka, giggling madly behind his beard. "I didn't mean it. Forgive me. I'm so sorry." (17.60)
Let's take a closer peek at what's going on here. Augustus Gloop has just gotten sucked up out of the chocolate river and into the glass tube. His parents are, understandably, a little concerned. But what's Mr. Wonka concerned about? His chocolate, of course. Except he swears he's joking. But do we really believe him? The man lives and breathes chocolate, after all, so what's one little kid lost in the chocolate river?
"He's gone off his rocker!" shouted one of the fathers, aghast, and the other parents joined in the chorus of frightened shouting. "He's crazy!" they shouted.
"He's screwy!" (18.25-28)
And so on. The Gloops, Salts, Beauregardes, and Teavees are just about at the end of their rope. But what do you think: is Willy Wonka really off his rocker?