"No one is going to be worrying too much about me. That place you took me from was the village orphanage. We are all orphans in there."
"No one is going to be worrying too much about me. That place you took me from was the village orphanage. We are all orphans in there." -Sophie, The BFG
Sophie appears in Roald Dahl's much-loved story, The BFG, first published in 1982. She is "kidsnatched" from her bedroom at the orphanage where she lives by The Big Friendly Giant (or The BFG, for short) after spotting him through her window one night.
Sophie may be, as The BFG says, "only a tiny little girl," but she is resiliant and very brave. Having been taken from her home in the middle of the witching hour, she finds herself journeying to Giant Country clutched in the palm of The BFG's hand. Once there - and having realised The BFG is not going to eat her - she quickly takes stock of her surroundings and it's not long before she is eating foulsome snozzcumbers and drinking jumbly frobscottle with her new friend.
And it's Sophie who comes up with the bright idea to stop The BFG's horrible neighbours - Fleshlumpeater, The Bloodbottler, and all the other nasty Giants who would rather gobble human 'beans' than snozzcumbers. After joining The BFG on a trip to dream country, she sees a way for The BFG's incredible dream collection to help them stop the Giants from eating up any more people...
The BFG was adapted for a UK TV film in 1989, with Amanda Root voicing the character of Sophie. A new film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg is scheduled for release in 2016. Sophie does not have a last name in the original story.
Hit the play button to listen Roald Dahl himself reading an extract from Sophie's meeting with The BFG
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