The old man: A friendly yet mysterious wizard who is only seen once, yet is ultimately behind all of magical occurrences in the book, and also starts the adventure when he gives James a bag full of glowing green alligator tongues. It is these magical items which enchant the giant peach and its insect inhabitants, allowing James to begin his surreal journey and escape his evil aunts in the process. The wizard is not seen again after his encounter with James. However in the 1996 re-printing of the book, with illustrations by Lane Smith, the mysterious old man can be seen in the final illustration hiding amongst the New York City crowd.
The old man: Foul-smelling and filthy even by post-apocalyptic standards, the old man is a nearly blind, cynical echo of both life on Earth as it once was and a grim reminder of the future of mankind. The Old Man is barely alive and it is amazing that he's made it this far.
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