Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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He kept making quick jerky little movements with his head, cocking it this way and that, and taking everything in with those bright twinkling eyes. […] Suddenly he did a funny little skipping dance in the snow […] (14.10)
What in the world is Willy Wonka doing? To be honest, we've asked ourselves that question a lot over the course of this book. Sometimes, there's just no explaining it.
"And this? Your grandfather? Delighted to meet you, sir! Overjoyed! Enraptured! Enchanted! All right! Excellent! Is everybody in now? Five children? Yes! Good!" (14.19)
Mr. Wonka seems ridiculously enthusiastic about this whole adventure. Do you think he's just off his rocker? Or does he have a reason to be so perky?
"Imported direct from Loompaland," said Mr. Wonka proudly.
"There's not such place," said Mrs. Salt.
"Excuse me, dear lady, but..."
"Mr. Wonka," cried Mrs. Salt. "I'm a teacher of geography..."
"Then you'll know all about it," said Mr. Wonka. (16.2-6)
This is a pretty funny moment. We've certainly never heard of a place called Loompaland, and of course Mrs. Salt hasn't either. But Mr. Wonka is so sure of himself! And the Oompa-Loompas do exist, obviously, so he can't be that crazy, can he?