Image: The first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the original hero Golden Egg from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on display in Los Angeles. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s a lunchtime reading suggestion: Over the weekend, The Guardian posted a previously unpublished chapter of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which turns 50 this month. It’s pretty short and even comes with a drawing by Sir Quentin Blake, who’s illustrated bunches of Dahl’s books.

 According to The Guardian:

In the chapter Charlie Bucket – accompanied by his mother, not his sprightly grandfather – and the other children are led into the Vanilla Fudge Room, where they face the sinister prospect of the Pounding and Cutting Room. …

The chapter reveals the original larger cast of characters, and their fates, as well as the original names of some of those who survived into later drafts. Dahl originally intended to send Charlie into the chocolate factory with eight other children, but the number was slimmed down to four.

The paper reports that the chapter was cut because it was “deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children.”

LONDON — The Weinstein Company has taken all non-theatrical rights in the U.S. to Red Arrow Intl.’s “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which stars Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit”) directed the 90-minute film, which was commissioned by the BBC and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Girl in the Café”) at Red Arrow’s Endor Prods.

Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer (“The Vicar of Dibley”) adapted Roald Dahl’s story, which centers on Mr. Hoppy (Hoffman) and his ingenious plot to win the heart of his neighbor, Mrs. Silver (Dench), involving a cryptic riddle and more than a hundred tortoises.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented: “Roald Dahl is one of the most revered children’s authors in history, so needless to say we’re delighted to be on board with this project. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will do a phenomenal job embodying his beloved, one-of-a-kind characters.”

(Translation: Harvey lurves Judi and will finance ANYTHING she cares to do!)

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.
—  Roald Dahl
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.
—  Roald Dahl

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

—  Roald Dahl, The Twits
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.
—  Roald Dahl
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