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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Chapter 21: Good-by Violet

Maggie Mae

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That's not a typo in the header.

My Chromecast is telling me that it's -26C, which is like -15F i think (I know. It shows both). The thermostat in my store is showing that it's too cold to give a reading. So obviously I'm just going to curl up next to a space heater (because customers? HA!) and read a chapter of this book.  Considering that the title of this chapter is "Good-by Violet," I bet you that this is the chapter when Charlie drinks the flying potion. Haha, no.

Honestly, though, the 1971 film lifted this scene straight from the book. Added details include Grandpa Joe calling one of the girls a "nitwit" and Gene Wilder seemed less anxious than Book Wonka. (And the consolidation of parents. I suppose it would be rather confusing to have four more adult actors running around, when neither really served much individual purpose.

Violet's lips are described and I'm kind of horrified. I mean, she obviously can't help what her lips look like.

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Little Charlie Bucket was staring at her absolutely spellbound, watching her huge rubbery lips as they pressed and unpressed with the chewing, and Grandpa Joe stood beside him, gaping at the girl.

Though she could control the fact that one should not just put random gum in their mouth.

Take a lesson from Santa, Violet.

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Violet obviously doesn't listen, chews the gum, is encouraged by her father. Until she starts turning blue and her father immediately changes course yelling at her to spit it out. We know this story. She is a giant blueberry, with hands and feet and a head. Wonka sends her off to be juiced. The oompa loompas show up, wheel her off, and sing a song.

ONE HUNDRED Oompa Loompas show up to sing.  Who is manning their posts in the factory? PRODUCTIVITY, people! Is this the first time that they have been allowed in the inventing room? So for years Wonka is like "no, stay away, I only need you to experiment on," until this day, when they have a routine memorized ... oh, i read it wrong. The one hundred oompa loompas that are singing are still outside on the boat.

The song is about how repulsive it is to see a "brat" chewing gum, and a lady named Mrs Bigelow, who chewed everything, including her boyfriend's nose, linoleum, and her own tongue. Sounds like the next person on "My strange addiction" to be honest.

There are now three  four children left: Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Mike TeaVe, and Veruca Salt. I do so love Veruca, but I don't think falling on some trash is a worse punishment than what Violet and Mike have to live with. I also wonder if it's just the actress from 1971 who popularized the role. Granted, we never did see her in anything else. Did anyone from the film (other than Gene Wilder) have other roles?

 

 

 

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HerNameIsBuffy

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Little Charlie Bucket was staring at her absolutely spellbound, watching her huge rubbery lips as they pressed and unpressed with the chewing, and Grandpa Joe stood beside him, gaping at the girl.

As a former girl with full lips who was asked more than once if she were related to Mick Jagger....  Suck it Charlie and Grandpa Joe.

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Did anyone from the film (other than Gene Wilder) have other roles?

Apparently someone (ahem) doesn't read the comments on her other entries.  Denise Nickerson, Violet, was very famously Peter's date Pamela on an episode of the Brady Bunch.  

In the book are the Oompa Loompa's all men?  If not is he breeding his labor pool?  If so, is he going back for more when they age out of being effective at manual labor?  I have questions.

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Maggie Mae

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20 minutes ago, HerNameIsBuffy said:

Apparently someone (ahem) doesn't read the comments on her other entries.  Denise Nickerson, Violet, was very famously Peter's date Pamela on an episode of the Brady Bunch.  

I did read that! I will use a quote from Wikipedia and say that it was "not notable." Although, I wouldn't mark it for deletion, as that's just rude.

20 minutes ago, HerNameIsBuffy said:

In the book are the Oompa Loompa's all men?  If not is he breeding his labor pool?  If so, is he going back for more when they age out of being effective at manual labor?  I have questions.

In chapter 16 we are introduced to the Oompa Loompas. They are described as men, but Wonka says:

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So I shipped them all over here, every man, woman, and child in the Oompa-Lumpa tribe. It was easy. I smuggled them over in large packing cases with holes in them and they all got here safely. They are wonderful workers. They all speak English now. They love dancing and music. They are always making up songs.

Weird thing - Wonka talks about how he found them eating mushed up caterpillars, red beetles, and eucalyptus. But a couple of pages later he talks about how they still wear the same kind of clothes as they did in the jungle. The men wear deerskins, the women wear leaves, and the children are naked. 

If they had deer, why are they eating mushed up caterpillars and dreaming of cacao beans?!?

Also this is some seriously messed up white savior stuff.

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HerNameIsBuffy

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1 minute ago, Maggie Mae said:

I will use a quote from Wikipedia and say that it was "not notable."

I don't want to live in a world where dating a young Peter Brady isn't the apex of any actresses career.  No wonder she quit acting to become a nurse....she'd already done it all in Hollywood.

4 minutes ago, Maggie Mae said:

Also this is some seriously messed up white savior stuff.

A weird combo of white savior mixed with a large dose of the 'virtues' of slavery.  

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