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What I am trying to tell you is that Mr. Twit was a foul and smelly old man.

Mrs. Twit was no better.
The narrator

One of Roald Dahl's many morbid children's books, The Twits describes Mr. and Mrs. Twit, an inexplicably married couple who despise one another, smell and are generally horrible people who are cruel to animals.

The first couple of chapters describe the couple and their lack of hygiene with a delighted glee; then there are several chapters of them playing increasingly mean tricks on one another, including Mr. Twit convincing his wife that she has a disease called "the Shrinks". Finally, the focus shifts to some of the animals they have been tormenting and how they get their revenge on the horrible couple once and for all.


This book contains examples of:

  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: At the end, when the twits disappear.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played with. Mrs. Twit was once a beautiful woman, until she started thinking ugly thoughts which led to the transformation into her hideous appearance. The narration states that people who are ugly can still have beauty shine through if they have pleasant thoughts and demeanor, accompanied by a drawing of such a person.

 "You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

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