"The Vanilla Fudge Room" appeared as the fifth chapter in early drafts of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, but was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral" for publication. Now, to celebrate the book's 50th anniversary, the lost chapter can be read in its entirety over at The Guardian.
The excised chapter is notable for the stark differences between it and the story with which we're all so familiar. Some examples: "The Vanilla Fudge Room" features eight children (down from fifteen), not five. Familiar characters like Augustus Gloop bear unfamiliar surnames. Charlie Bucket (still named Charlie Bucket) brings as his guest not his Grandpa Joe, but his mother. Oh, there's also the real, made-of-chocolate mountain:
In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way up the sides of the mountain, hundreds of men were working away with picks and drills, hacking great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside; and some of them, those that were high up in dangerous places, were roped together for safety.
As the huge hunks of fudge were pried loose, they went tumbling and bouncing down the mountain, and when they reached the bottom they were picked up by cranes with grab-buckets, and the cranes dumped the fudge into open waggons – into an endless moving line of waggons (rather like smallish railway waggons) which carried the stuff away to the far end of the room and then through a hole in the wall.
"It's all fudge!" Mr Wonka said grandly.
Check out the rest of "The Vanilla Fudge Room" (newly and expertly illustrated by English cartoonist Quentin Blake) for yourself over at The Guardian. When you're through, check out this excellent accompanying piece by Lucy Mangan that explores the novel's path to publication.