What does the BFG ask Sophie to do while he is creating the dream?

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In Roald Dahl’s book The BFG (1982), Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant need to brew a dream for the Queen of England, warning her that the other not-so-friendly giants are busy eating “human beans,” or people, especially children. These other giants have names such as “the Gizzardgulper, the...

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In Roald Dahl’s book The BFG (1982), Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant need to brew a dream for the Queen of England, warning her that the other not-so-friendly giants are busy eating “human beans,” or people, especially children. These other giants have names such as “the Gizzardgulper, the Bloodbottler, the Meatdripper, and the Childchewer,” so you can imagine their predilection for human flesh.

To mix the dream, the BFG hurries into his cave, Sophie “sitting on his hand.” Placing Sophie on a large table, he instructs her to stay in one place and watch him in silence, so his concentration is not disturbed.

Stay there please ... and no chittering. I is needing to listen only to silence when I is misxing up such a knotty plexicated dream as this.

The reason the BFG needs Sophie to stay still is because the cave is lined with shelves bursting with jars full of thousands and thousands of captured dreams. If Sophie moves around, she may upset some of these jars. Additionally, the dream he is creating is quite long and complex, therefore he can’t afford to get distracted by talk. He needs all his focus to pick the exact elements for the dream, such as “dreams about a little girl ... dreams about me.”

As Sophie watches, he chooses different jars from across the shelves, and empties their contents into an “enormous empty glass jar that was the size of a washing machine.” The dreams pile up like jellies, overlapping but still quite separate from each other. To mix them up into one long dream, the giant fetches something like an enormous egg beater.

At this point, Sophie is alarmed the BFG might be hurting the dreams and forgets his instructions to cry out:

The poor things!

But the BFG assures her that:

They is not feeling it. ... Dreams is not like human beans or animals. They has no brains. They is made of zozimus.

As he keeps whisking the dreams, the bottle fills up to the brim with large, beautiful bubbles, as iridescent as soap suds. Now the BFG exhorts Sophie to “keep watching,” him, since the dream for the Queen is coming together. The BFG is proud of what he has achieved and wants his little friend, Sophie, to witness his achievement.

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