Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Old Age Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"I certainly can't go myself and leave the other three old people all alone in bed for a whole day." (12.31)
These grandparents sure do seem pretty helpless. After all, they can't go a day without being taken care of by Mrs. Bucket. How come the other three grandparents can't be as peppy as Grandpa Joe?
"And I want lots of Oompa-Loompas to row me about, and I want a chocolate river and I want… I want..."
"She wants a good kick in the pants," whispered Grandpa Joe to Charlie.
One of our favorite parts of the book is the close friendship between Grandpa Joe, who's ninety-six, and Charlie, who's quite young. They're not your typical duo.
"Listen," Mr. Wonka said, "I'm an old man. I'm much older than you think. I can't go on forever. I've got no children of my own, no family at all. So who is going to run the factory when I get too old to do it myself?" (30.10)
As we've been reading, Mr. Wonka's age has hardly crossed our minds at all. He's so full of energy and fun that we don't stop to think – this man is an adult. This quote's a harsh dose of reality after a fantastical romp through his factory.