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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Chapter 17

Maggie Mae


Chapter 17

Augustus Gloop Goes Up The Pipe

Betcha can't guess what happens in this chapter. 

To recap, Charlie is not an orphan, but he might as well be. His dad refuses to update his skills after his job at the toothpaste factory was automated. He has four grandparents who haven't gotten out of a shared bed in 20 years. And so our hero wins a ticket to tour a chocolate factory and managed to get his tobacco addicted grandfather out of bed. Four other children are present at this tour, one fat, one rich, two american, all spoiled. Veruca Salt has just been promised a person, but Willy Wonka won't sell his slaves/oompa loompas. 

I'm typing this on my phone. So excuse my typos and grammatical mistakes. 

Augustus is drinking chocolate out of the river with his hands. Everyone tells at him to stop. His mom mentions that he has a cold. So you brought your sick child to a food processing plant. Lovely. What great parents the Gloops are. 

Augustus gives up drinking from his hands and starts drinking directly from the river, like a dog.

Shockingly enough, he falls in and gets sucked into a pipe. The Gloops freak out and imagine that their precious son will be made into candy, while Mr. Wonka just laughs. 

While I'm sure having your kid fall into industrial equipment is not a fun experience, the Gloops are being kind of ridiculous. The chocolate is obviously not hot enough to cause burns. The pipe is scary, because most pipes are going to get smaller, and if he can't breathe, that's an issue. But Winks makes it sound like he will be sent to the fudge machine. If so, Augustus should be able to just climb out. Or the oompa lumpas will have to take apart some piping and get him out. As far as what happens to these kids, he got off fairly easy. He's not saddled with a failing chocolate factory and the responsibility and burden of owning people. Nor is he murdered and reassembled and stretched, or left with permanent injuries. Weird that the two American kids have way less injuries that the girl who's name has become synonymous with greedy. Somehow gum chewing comes off as a worse crime than asking to own a person.

The end of this chapter is a song by the Oompa loompas about how fat Augustus is/was. 


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