Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Rules and Order Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Hey there! Mike Teavee!" shouted Mr. Wonka. "Please do not lick the boat with your tongue! It'll only make it sticky!" (18.8)
We're beginning to notice that most of Mr. Wonka's rules and requests are pretty much common sense. So why can't the children seem to follow them? Are they trying to get themselves hurt?
"But now, listen to me! I want no messing about when you go in! No touching, no meddling, and no tasting! Is that agreed?"
"Yes, yes!" the children cried. "We won't touch a thing!" (19.3-4)
From our experience so far, we know that this promise the children make is bound to be broken. Lo and behold, it is – this time by Violet Beauregarde.
"I would rather you didn't take it," Mr. Wonka told her gently. "You see, I haven't got it quite right yet. There are still one or two things..." (21.10)
We think Mr. Wonka is being very polite here. Which makes the fact that Violet takes the gum all the ruder. Why can't these kids just listen?