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Here’s a lunchtime reading suggestion: Over the weekend, The Guardian posted a previously unpublished chapter of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which turns 50 this month.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.
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.”
11. Describe your ideal day. - I get to sleep in, I do morning yoga and have some tea and a nice breakfast, like waffles. Then I will cuddle the cat and read until lunchtime (preferably some good leftovers or salmon salad with marinated fennel and spinach) during which I will have coffee with my bestie. After that I will go on a roadtrip to a botanical garden or a museum or a library with my boyfriend, and we’ll eat a nice dinner out. It will be good enough weather for me to wear my vintage dresses. After dinne: a play, definitely a play. Somewhere during this evening wine or a gin cocktail is involved because that’s nice too.
18. What’s your patronus? - Possibly a swan? They look all serene and calm and lovely and like they will be floating around in a sunset. But then actually they dislike people and they’re great fighters and rather vicious.
30. Pick one of your favourite quotes. - Prior: “I… I’m sorry. I usually say “Fuck the truth,” but mostly, the truth fucks you.” From Angels in America by Tony Kushner.
When your lunchtime snack matches your lunchtime read. Bright colors and the relentlessly cheering words of @elizabeth_gilbert_writer on a really grey day. Colors also help when you’re cutting out cookies for a month! #BigMagic