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The Witches

The Witches


by Roald Dahl

The Witches Chapter 12 Summary


  • Almost immediately, our narrator is spotted. He's in deep doo-doo (and he smells like it).
  • After some chaos, some cries for help, and some yelling from the GHW, the witches catch him. Just like that, they have him, carry him to the platform, and force him to open his mouth.
  • Before he knows it, the GHW has poured an entire bottle of the Mouse-Maker down his throat. This can't be good.
  • Through a series of evocative similes – ones that really make you picture the images at hand – the narrator describes the feeling of transforming, instantly, into a mouse.
  • Just to recap: he was a boy, and now he's a mouse.
  • Hey, no problem! He actually likes the feeling of being small and quick, and it certainly helps him run away and hide from the witches.
  • The GHW decides not to bother with "the little stinkpot" (12.21) – that is, our mouse-narrator – and the witches head off to their tea.

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