Chop, Chop, Chop. You Won’t Believe What Happens To Kids In This Lost Chapter

by
Suzanne Robertson
A lost chapter of the beloved book is removed as being too wild. Does it show that Roald Dahl really hated kids?

Fascinating and frightening! "Fudge Mountain" is recently discovered unpublished chapter from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

During the factory tour, Willy Wonka leads parents and kids into the Vanilla Fudge Room. All is not as sweet as it seems. Enjoy the delicious (and gruesome) "Pounding and Cutting Room".

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"Wilbur!" Shouted Mrs Rice. "Will you get off that … that … my goodness! It's gone through a hole in the wall!"

 

"Don't say I didn't warn them," Mr Wonka declared. "Your children are not particularly obedient, are they?"

 

"But where has it gone?" Both mothers cried at the same time. "What's through that hole?"

 

"That hole," said Mr Wonka, "leads directly to what we call The Pounding And Cutting Room. In there, the rough fudge gets tipped out of the waggons into the mouth of a huge machine. The machine then pounds it against the floor until it is all nice and smooth and thin. After that, a whole lot of knives come down and go chop chop chop, cutting it up into neat little squares, ready for the shops."

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Yikes! Since both book and movie glorify bumping off spoiled brats, there’s been speculation that Dahl was actually a child–hater.

Looking at all of Dahl's work, you'll quickly discover that this isn't true. Dahl was a master at identifying with kids.  Many of his stories have the theme of children triumphing over not-so-great adults like in James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The BFG ("Big Friendly Giant").

Additionally, Roald Dahl became an advocate for children's health after his four-month-old son was injured in a taxicab accident and he lost a seven-year-old daughter to measles.  Dahl became involved in the development of what became known as the "Wade-Dahl-Till" (or WDT) valve, a device created that alleviated his son’s condition and he became a strong proponent of childhood immunizations.

For more information on Dahl's work and life, visit http://www.roalddahl.com.  Fun Fact: The correct Norwegian pronunciation of "Roald" is "Roo-all."

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