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The Witches

The Witches

by Roald Dahl

Cunning and Cleverness Quotes

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Quote #7

"What an idea!" she cried. "It's fantastic! It's tremendous! You're a genius, my darling!" (14.77)

Here, Grandmamma is praising her grandson's idea. How strange, though – she sounds just like the witches praising The Grand High Witch's ideas. Do you think Roald Dahl did this for a reason? If so, what effect should it have?

Quote #8

No witch would be stupid enough to leave anything suspicious lying around for the hotel maid to see. (15.6)

see. (15.6)
Even though he is trying to take down the witches, our narrator still knows and respects their cunning nature. He wouldn't expect any less.

Quote #9

Eureka! I felt tremendously pleased with myself. (15.10)

Our narrator is really sneaky and clever, but the second his plan succeeds, he starts celebrating. This gets him into trouble, and, more literally, into the pants of a cook.

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