The romantics in Roald Dahl's stories

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5:00pm, 12th February
Charlie, Esio Trot, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Twits

Valentine's Day is nearly here so we've been looking at the romantic (and not so romantic) couples in Roald Dahl's stories.

Romance is something of a rarity in Roald Dahl’s stories, however, there are a few true romantics…

Mr Hoppy, Esio Trot

Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver

Esio Trot is arguably Roald Dahl’s most romantic and Valentines Day-worthy story. Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver show why it is never too late to pursue and find love. 

Mr Hoppy and Mrs Silver

Mr Hoppy is lonely, shy man with two great loves: the flowers on his balcony and Mrs Silver, his downstairs neighbour.

It is this second love that drives Mr Hoppy to ingenious lengths and when Mrs Silver complains that her tortoise Alfie is not growing nearly as quickly as she would like, Mr Hoppy comes up with a plan...

Read the story to find out what time-consuming, adorable, and highly ambitious scheme Mr Hoppy conceives in order to win Mrs Silver’s heart.

Mr and Mrs Fox, Fantastic Mr Fox

Mr and Mrs Fox

The foxy couple in Fantastic Mr Fox are happily married with children – and unlike many of Roald’s parental creations – they are committed to keeping their children safe, away from Boggis, Bunce, and Bean

After years of marriage, Mrs Fox remains devoted and appreciative of her husband:

I don’t want to make a speech. I just want to say one thing, and it is this: MY HUSBAND IS A FANTASTIC FOX

There is also more evidence of their enduring romance near the end of the family’s hectic adventures, as Mr Fox sings: 

“Home again swifly I glide, Back to my beautiful bride”

The Buckets, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A notable mention must also go to Mr and Mrs Bucket and their parents, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, and Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Mr and Mrs Bucket, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina

The three married couples defy the abject conditions in which they live, proving that true love is more important than material possessions. 

Plus, they’ve managed to put up with each other for years and years – all in the same bed!

Mrs Bucket, Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina

What not to do on Valentine’s Day…

As for the more unromantic couples in Roald Dahl stories, Matilda Wormwood’s dysfunctional parents are very unromantic – their Valentine’s Day would most certainly involve another TV dinner! 

Finally, how about The Twits… 

The Twits

Well at least they’re well suited – they do both enjoy activities together, such as terrorising children, animals, and birds!

However, they are also constantly at war with each other – something not recommended for your perfect Valentine’s Day.  

Their humorous yet very unromantic “battles” include Mrs Twit hiding worms in Mr Twit’s spaghetti, Mr Twit putting a frog in Mrs Twit’s bed, as well as Mrs Twit placing her glass eye at the bottom of Mr Twit’s favourite beer.  

Perhaps the most brilliantly unromantic “battle” of all involves Mr Twit’s ingenious plot to trick his wife and get rid her once and for all. 

He adds a small piece of wood everyday to Mrs Twit’s walking stick – convincing her that she is shrinking. To combat this problem, Mrs Twit agrees to be stretched using balloons! Of course, Mr Twit then releases her into the sky and celebrates with a beer! However, she is not gone…  

a bundle of balloons and petticoats and fiery fury landed right on top of him, lashing out with the stick and cracking him all over his body