Study Guide

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Chapter 26

By Roald Dahl

Chapter 26

The Television-Chocolate Room

  • As they walk into the room, they're greeted with a bright, white light and they have to put on dark glasses so they don't hurt their eyes.
  • The room is empty except at the ends: on one end, there's a big camera and a bunch of Oompa-Loompas. On the other end, there's one single Oompa-Loompa staring at a television set. All the Oompa-Loompas were dressed in weird space suits and seemed very serious. This was no funny business.
  • Mr. Wonka begins to explain what this room is for: television chocolate. With a few ignored comments by Mike Teavee, he explains that television takes a picture and breaks it up into a million pieces just to put it back together on the other end for people to see. He can do the same thing with chocolate, he says.
  • To prove it to the protesting Mike Teavee, he calls in the Oompa-Loompas, carrying a giant candy bar. It has to be giant because, like everything on TV, it always ends up looking smaller than it actually is. Makes sense.
  • After a few more warnings, they get started and suddenly, the chocolate has disappeared and within seconds, ended up on the other end of the room in the TV set.
  • It couldn't be, thinks Charlie, but Mr. Wonka tells him to pick it up, and sure enough, there it is. Same thing, just smaller.
  • Wow, if this works, it could mean real, live chocolate in Wonka commercials. Wonka really is a brilliant businessman. Charlie and Grandpa Joe can't believe how miraculous it is.