How do you impress a girl on first meeting? By divulging details of the chocolate room in your dream palace, of course. There is a lovely illustration of this irresistible place by Mayfield Parrish, surely the finest room of all. For what palace could be complete without a chocolate room?

As the boy elaborates, he learns that the girl prefers soft chocolates with sticky goo inside, but he is surprised by the reason she gives, which raises her in his esteem and puts her in another league to himself and his siblings.

“You go up the steps, and in at the door, and the very first place you come to is the Chocolate Room!”

Source: Kenneth Grahame, Dream Days, illus. by Maxfield Parrish (Edin.: Paul Harris Publishing, 1983), plate facing p. 47 and pages 53-54.

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“It’s got every sort of chocolate you can think of,” I went on: “soft chocolate, with sticky stuff inside, white and pink, what girls like; and hard shiny chocolate, that cracks when you bite it and takes such a nice long time to suck!”

“I like the soft stuff best,” she said: “’cos you can eat such a lot more of it!”

This was to me a new aspect of the chocolate question, and I regarded her with interest and some respect. With us, chocolate was none too common a thing, and, whenever we happened to come by any, we resorted to the quaintest devices in order to make it last out. Still, legends had reached us of children who actually had, from time to time, as much chocolate as they could possibly eat; and here, apparently, was one of them.

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