4. “Then out he comes! And now!
By grace!/A miracle has taken place!/This boy, who only just before/Was
loathed by men from shore to shore,/This greedy brute, this louse’s
ear,/Is loved by people everywhere!/For who could hate or bear a grudge/Against
a luscious bit of fudge?”
This quotation comes from Chapter 17,
after Augustus Gloop has fallen into the chocolate river. He is
sucked into a large pipe that leads to the fudge room, and everyone
is worried that he will be turned into fudge. The Oompa-Loompas
sing a song immediately following the disappearances of Augustus,
Veruca, Violet, and Mike. These songs employ humor in order to convey
a moral lesson. Here they joke about Augustus being transformed
from a greedy boy into a piece of fudge. Their lighthearted song
could seem cruel, but they are only joking: in fact, Augustus and
the other children eventually leave the factory in an improved condition.