The Guardian has published a chapter from a draft of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that wasn't published in the book. This is the second time an unused piece from Dahl's celebrated children's book has been published. The first, entitled "Spotty Powder," involved a girl named Miranda Piker. That chapter was published by the The London Times in 2005 and was featured on Neatorama. Dahl took the time to write it backwards, in "mirror writing." It remains a mystery as to why.
The latest chapter is called "The Vanilla Fudge Room." An excerpt follows:
"They went into another cavernous room, and here again a really splendid sight met their eyes. 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."