The lucky person was a small girl called Veruca Salt who lived with her rich parents in a great city far away.
"The lucky person was a small girl called Veruca Salt who lived with her rich parents in a great city far away." - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Veruca Salt ("the little brute," as the Oompa-Loompas call her) is the second finder of one of chocolatier Willy Wonka's Golden Tickets, joining Charlie Bucket and the other finders on a tour of Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory. She appears in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Written in 1964, the book has been adapted for two feature films, an opera and as a West End musical.
Veruca is an only child whose parents spoil her excessively. She only receives her Golden Ticket after the workers at her father's peanut factory are commanded to start shelling chocolate bars instead of peanuts. And, as Charlie Bucket's Grandpa Joe says, "no good can ever come from spoiling a child like that, Charlie, you mark my words.”
Grandpa Joe is proved right during their tour of the Chocolate Factory when Veruca Salt and her parents are forced to evacuate in a rather unpleasant manner - after Mr Wonka's trained squirrels decide they're all Bad Nuts and send them down the rubbish chute.
In the original story and the 2013 West End adaptation, both of Veruca's parents join her in the Factory, but in the 1971 and 2005 films it is only her father that acts as her supervisor. And in the 1971 film, the trained squirrels are replaced by geese that lay special golden eggs, meaning Veruca's trip down the rubbish chute is because she is a Bad Egg.
On film, Veruca has been played by Julie Dawn Cole (1971) and Julia Winter (2005).
Hey, Mummy... I've decided I want a squirrel! Get me one of those squirrels!
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