Boy – Tales Of Childhood
By Roald Dahl
Roald tells about his dad, how he was nearly seven feet tall, how he became one of the richest men in town by starting up a shipyard business with a friend, and how his wife, Marie, died from her second birth. After his wife died, Harald Dahl (Roald’s father) found that the two children needed a stepmother. He met a Norwegian lady called Sofia Magdalene Hesselburg and they soon fell in love and got married. During the next six years she bore him four new children: 3 girls, and Roald. Now there were six children in the family. Then, in 1918, they moved into a country mansion beside the village of Radyr.
In 1920 Roald’s real eldest sister died from appendicitis. She was seven years old when she died. Soon after, Roald’s father caught pneumonia, and died five days later. Though Roald’s mother was Norwegian, she stayed and kept Roald in an English school. As soon as Roald turned six, he was put into kindergarten. Two sisters ran the kindergarten. He talks about how you would have had free reign of the highway with your bike, since a car was a rare occurrence.
When Roald turned seven he went to a preparatory school called Llandaff Cathedral. He begins to make friends and starts to like two products in a local candy store: Sherbet Suckers, and Licorice Boots. Roald had many interesting questions about life, but luckily, all of his friends were there to mislead Roald. One of these mysteries of life was: How do they get the gobstopper to change color? His friends of course didn’t know, so they fed him a lie that they thought was true as always.
Basically, this chapter is all about a prank that Roald and his friends pulled on the mean old lady who owned the candy store, Mrs. Pratchet. Here’s how it all went down: First, one of his friends distracted Mrs. Pratchet by buying something, while Roald slipped a dead mouse they had found into the jar of gobstoppers.
The next morning, all involved in the prank met in the morning to walk early to school, and
perhaps pass the candy shop. As they passed the candy shop, they tried to casually peer into it, but find that Mrs. Pratchet wasn’t there, and that the gobstoppers jar was on the floor, broken. One of Roald’s friends pointed at him and said he was the murderer, since this was his whole idea. They all went to school to find that everyone was to be outside with no books or pencils. There were policeman and Mrs. Pratchet was there, as well. They were going through all the children because Mrs. Pratchet was looking for the ones who put the mouse in the jar. Mrs. Pratchet pointed them out, all five of them, including Roald, who had committed the crime of putting a rat into the jar of Gobstoppers.
All of them reported to the Headmasters office and, soon after, got the cane. His friends each got 4 hits with the cane, with Mrs. Pratchet cheering the headmaster on. Roald went home after school was finished and his mother saw the bruises on his back. She was furious because the teachers never hit the children where she had come from. She told him they were moving as soon as the school year was through.
On the summer holidays, all of the family went down to Norway to visit relatives. Everyone thought this was fun, as well as Roald. When they got there, all of the relatives had a great feast, starting with fish, and ending with a load of ice cream for everyone. There are some ceremonies and they all soon go to sleep. The next day They all hop on a boat and Roald’s mother took all of her kids to Tjome. They all went to stay at a great hotel. They looked around, taking in the view, and soon went to bed. After they had arrived everyone ate breakfast and got on their ship. Roald’s half brother helped row, and so did his mother. When they got to their favorite spot, they started fishing till night came. Afterwards, they traveled back to the hotel.