Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie(ˈCHärlē) and the Chocolate(ˈCHäk(ə)lət) Factory

By Roald Dahl

Here Comes Charlie

These two very old people are the father and mother of Mr. Bucket(ˈbəkət). Their names are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine(ˈjōzəfēn).

And these two very old people are the father and mother of Mrs. Bucket. Their names are Grandpa George(jôrj) and Grandma Georgina.

This is Mr. Bucket. This is Mrs. Bucket. Mr. and Mrs. Bucket have a small boy whose name is Charlie Bucket.

This is Charlie.

How d’you do? And how d’you do? And how d’you do again?

He is pleased to meet you.

The whole of this family—the six grownups(ˌɡrōnˈəp) (count them) and little Charlie Bucket—live together in a small wooden house on the edge of a great town.

The house wasn’t nearly large enough for so many people, and life was extremely uncomfortable for them all. There were only two rooms in the place altogether, and there was only one bed. The bed was given to the four old grandparents because they were so old and tired. They were so tired, they never got out of it.

Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine on this side, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina on this side.

Mr. and Mrs. Bucket and little Charlie Bucket slept in the other room, upon(əˈpän) mattresses(ˈmatrəs) on the floor.

In the summertime, this wasn’t too bad, but in the winter, freezing cold drafts blew across the floor all night long, and it was awful(ˈôfəl).