The next night, Grandpa Joe continues his story: it used to be that there were thousands of people working in the Chocolate Factory, but Willy Wonka had to send them away; somehow, spies had made it into the factory, and other chocolate-makers had begun to copy Wonka's inventions.
Sadly, Mr. Wonka had to close the factory.
Suddenly, one day, people noticed that there was smoke coming out of the factory's chimneys. All you engineers out there know that this means the furnaces were on.
The Factory was back up and running, that was for sure, but still it was locked and no one was coming in or out.
All you could see were tiny little shadows in the windows.
Since then, Wonka's factory has made some incredible new inventions that no one has copied, and they all come out of the factory through a trap door.
The mystery remains: who are these tiny people working in the factory?
Before Grandpa Joe can speculate, Charlie's dad walks in with a newspaper. Today's headline: "WONKA FACTORY TO BE OPENED AT LAST TO LUCKY FEW" (4.27).