Roald Dahl is an indelible part of a lot of people’s childhoods – after all, the guy wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox and countless other classics that many of us grew up on. Plus, many of those tales have been translated to film, where they’ve reached an entirely new generation of fans.
Dahl’s work has always been marked by its quirky sense of humor and imagination – and it appears as though that was just a part of who the author was and how he saw the world. As proof of this, FilmDrunk stumbled across the following letter from the author, sent to a class who’d recently read – and enjoyed – his short story collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More. Needless to say, it’s a little bizarre – but did anyone expect anything less from Dahl?
In response to a letter from the class asking some questions about the tales in the book, Dahl had this to say:
“Hello handsome Mr. Johnson and all the clever children who wrote me such lovely letters. I am afraid I am not allowed to answer your questions about Henry Sugar.
There is an old woman in our village with a beard. It’s quite long and black. I asked her why she didn’t shave it off. She said, “If I did, nobody would notice me.”
There is a farmer near here who breeds white mice. He fries them in butter for his supper. “They’re very tasty,” he says.
With lots of love from
We’re not sure what any of this means, or if the children were traumatized by the thought of a man breeding mice solely for food, but it sure beats a form letter from the author’s publisher, doesn’t it?