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This chapter is taken from Roald Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”. It tells about the invention of a potion called Vita-Wonk. This is a liquid that possess an unusual power to change the age of those who consume it.
Mr Willy Wonka tells Charlie about how he invented a liquid that can make one grow old quickly. He had previously invented Wonka-Vite to make people younger than they actually were. But the liquid turned out to be too strong and reduced a person’s age to minus eighty-seven.
In order to undo the effect of Wonka-Vite, Mr Wonka needed to invent another potion. Thus, he set himself to the task of finding the oldest things in the world. He began by jumping into the Great Glass Elevator, which took him to the farthest corners of the Earth. He gathered some of the most ancient things he could find.
He collected a pint of sap from the 4000-year-old Bristlecone Pine tree found in U.S.A. He took nail clippings of a 168-year-old Russian farmer. An egg of a 200-year-old tortoise and the tale of a 51-year-old horse from Arabia were also used. There were other odd but old items like an old cat’s whiskers and a Tibetan rat’s tale that Mr Wonka brought from around the world.
Having gathered some of the oddest but oldest things from as far as Arabia, Tibet and Peru, Mr Wonka boiled the contents in a pot in his Inventing Room. The result of this was a cupful of an oily black liquid. A 21-year-old grew into a 75-year-old wrinkled, toothless human as soon as he consumed four drops of the liquid. This is how Mr Willy Wonka invented a potion to make people age faster and he called it Vita-Wonk.