Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

Excerpt from Chapter XXI – Good-bye Violet

Read by Emma Rye 

‘This gum,’ Mr Wonka went on, ‘is my latest, my greatest, my most fascinating invention! It’s a chewing-gum meal! It’s . . . it’s . . . it’s . . . That tiny little strip of gum lying there is a whole three-course dinner all by itself!’
‘What sort of nonsense is this?’ said one of the fathers.
‘My dear sir!’ cried Mr Wonka, ‘when I start selling this gum in the shops it will change everything! It will be the end of all kitchens and all cooking! There will be no more shopping to do! No more buying of meat and groceries! There’ll be no knives and forks at mealtimes! No plates! No washing up! No rubbish! No mess! Just a little strip of Wonka’s magic chewing-gum — and that’s all you’ll ever need at breakfast, lunch, and supper! This piece of gum I’ve just made happens to be tomato soup, roast beef, and blueberry pie, but you can have almost anything you want!’
‘What do you mean, it’s tomato soup, roast beef, and blueberry pie?’ said Violet
Beauregarde.
‘If you were to start chewing it,’ said Mr Wonka, ‘then that is exactly what you
would get on the menu. It’s absolutely amazing! You can actually feel the food going down your throat and into your tummy! And you can taste it perfectly! And it fills you up! It satisfies you! It’s terrific!’