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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl (adapted by Richard R George)
Published by Puffin Books

(Extract taken from "LAMDA Acting Anthology, Volume 1", Published by Oberon).

Mr Willy Wonka has just re-opened his famous chocolate factory and hidden five golden tickets in five chocolate bars. A golden ticket entitles the holder to a tour of the special factory and enough chocolate to last them the rest of their lives. One of these winners is VIOLET BEAUREGARDE.

VIOLET BEAUREGARDE: I'm a gum-chewer normally, but when I heard about these ticket things of Mr Wonka's, I laid off the gum and switched to candy bars in the hope of striking it lucky. Now, of course, I'm right back on the gum. I just adore gum. I can't do without it. I munch it all day long except for a few minutes at mealtimes when I take it out and stick it behind my ear for safe-keeping. To tell you the honest truth, I simply wouldn't feel comfortable if I didn't have that little wedge of gum to chew on every moment of the day, I really wouldn't. My mother says it's not ladylike and it looks ugly to see a girl's jaws going up and down like mine do all the time, but I don't agree. And who's she to criticise, anyway, because if you ask me. I'd say that her jaws are going up and down almost as much as mine are just from yelling at me every minute of the day. And now, it may interest you to know that this piece of gum I'm chewing right at this moment is one I've been working on for over three months solid. That's a record, that is. It's beaten the record held by my best friend. Miss Cornelia Prinzmetel. And was she ever mad! It's my most treasured possession now, this piece of gum is. At nights, I just stick it on the end of the bedpost, and it's as good as ever in the morning.

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