Mr. Wonka was standing all alone just inside the open gates of the factory. / And what an exraordinary little man he was! / He had a black top hat on his head. / He wore a tail coat made of a beautiful plum- colored velvet. / His trousers were bottle green. / His gloves were pearly gray. / And in one hand he carried a fine gold- topped walking cane. / Covering his chin, there was a small neat pointed black beard — a goatee. And his eyes — his eyes were most marvelously bright. They seemed to be sparkling and twinkling at you all the time.
—Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1964.