Reread the text again, and notice the words in different colors. After you have reread the text, answer the questions below.
the evenings, after he had
finished his supper of watery
cabbage soup, Charlie always went into the
room of his four grandparents to listen to their stories, and then
afterwards to say good night.
one of these old
people was over ninety. They were as shriveled
as prunes, and as bony
as skeletons, and throughout the day, until
Charlie made his appearance, they lay huddled in their one bed, two at
either end, with nightcaps on to keep their heads warm, dozing the time
away with nothing to do. But as soon as they heard the door opening,
and heard Charlie's voice saying, "Good evening, Grandpa Joe and
Grandma Josephine, and Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina," then all
four of them would suddenly sit up, and their old wrinkled
light up with smiles of pleasure - and the talking would begin. For
they loved this little boy. He was the only bright
thing in their
lives, and his evening visits were something that they looked forward
to all day long. Often, Charlie's mother and father would come in as
well, and stand by the door, listening to the stories that the old
people told; and thus, for perhaps half an hour every
night, this room
would become a happy
place and the whole family would forget that it was
hungry and poor.
evening, when Charlie went in to see his grandparents, he said to them,
"Is it really
true that Wonka's Chocolate Factory is the biggest in the
|"True?" cried all
four of them at once. "Of course it's
true! Good heavens, didn't
you know that?
times as big as
is Mr. Willy Wonka really
chocolate maker in the world?"
|"My dear boy," said
Grandpa Joe, raising himself us a little higher on his pillow, "Mr.
Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the
the most extraordinary
chocolate maker the world has ever seen! I thought everybody knew
knew he was famous, Grandpa Joe, and I knew he was clever..."
|"Clever!" cried the
old man. "He's
more than that! He's
with chocolate! He can make anything
- anything he wants! Isn't
that a fact, my dears?"
other three old poeple nodded their heads slowly up and down, and said,
as true as can be."
Grandpa Joe said, "You mean to say I've never told you about Mr.
Willy Wonka and his factory?"
answered little Charlie.
heavens above! I don't
the matter with me!"
you tell me now, Grandpa Joe, please?"
certainly will. Sit down beside me on the bed, my dear, and listen
|Go Back||Table of Contents||