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The Phantom Tollbooth

One thing that is crazy because of the banishment of the Princess of Sweet Rhyme and the Princess of Pure Reason is King Azaz’s banquet. The grand feast seems to unfold in a way that lacks...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020 3:56 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

In The Phantom Tollbooth, the main character is a young boy by the name of Milo. Milo's perennially bored and doesn't find anything in life remotely interesting. He especially hates learning; he...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018 12:31 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Because of the absurdist nature of the worlds that Milo visits in The Phantom Tollbooth, he is unprepared for the literal nature of Dictionopolis, ruled by King Azaz. At a banquet, King Azaz calls...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012 3:57 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Milo is bored by pretty much everything in life. He always wishes he were somewhere else. When he is indoors, he wants to be outside, and when he is outdoors, he wants to go back in. Milo does not...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018 9:18 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Faintly Macabre—or Aunt Faintly, as she encourages Milo to call her—has been cast into a dungeon. This is her punishment for causing an almighty collapse in the Word Market. In her official...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 7:50 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

In the Phantom Tollbooth, the Not-so-Wicked Which is a character also known as Faintly Macabre or Aunt Faintly. When Milo is falsely accused and arrested by Officer Shrift, he is warned about the...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 4:18 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

In the fantasy novel The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster, the main character is a boy named Milo who believes that life is boring and learning is pointless. One day, a tollbooth appears in his...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 5:31 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

When the Spelling Bee and Humbug have an altercation in the marketplace, scrambled words are lying everywhere. The policeman holds Milo and Tock responsible for a large number of infractions,...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019 6:07 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

In The Phantom Tollbooth, Azaz is king of Dictionopolis and the Mathemagician, his brother, is the ruler of Digitopolis; they have never agreed on anything since the two princesses, Rhyme and...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 6:28 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Clock is a Watchdog whose name is Tock. His job is to make sure that nobody wastes time. The Lethargarians consider him a very unpleasant character because all they do is waste time. In the...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011 4:53 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Terrible Trivium's job was to so occupy people's time that they no longer had time to do anything important. One character had to dig a hole in a cliff using a needle. Another had to move each...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010 5:36 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

In Chapter 4, while Milo and Tock, the dog, are wandering around the market, they encounter the Spelling Bee and the Humbug. These two creatures argue over the importance of education overall and...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 3:30 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The most unusual thing about Tock the bio-mechanical watchdog is that he can only make a ticking sound. This is not how things were supposed to turn out. When Tock's parents gave birth to him, they...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 6:20 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

It is fitting that the first place Milo goes to is the Land of Expectations because Milo's standards are so high that nothing meets his expectations. Everything feels like a waste of time. In the...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 12:09 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is a children's novel written in 1961. It begins with Milo, the young protagonist, spotting a mysterious package. When he opens it, he finds instructions for...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 1:48 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

At the beginning of chapter 15, Milo, Tock, and the Humbug have arrived in Digitopolis through the help of the Dodecahedron. They find themselves eating a most peculiar meal with the number miners...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2018 10:11 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Milo FEELS like he has been gone several weeks. Remember that this is a fantasy, and time can be manipulated. The last chapter tells us that Milo is suddenly concerned that people may be worried...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2012 7:29 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

It's market day in Dictionopilis, but the guard doesn't want to allow Milo and Tock to come inside. The guard asks them why they want to come to the city, and neither of them can think of a good...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 9:16 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Driving through the make-believe tollbooth in an electric car takes Miles from his regular, boring life to the Lands Beyond, where he has fun, has an amazing adventure, and learns about the value...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2020 7:39 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Azaz the Unabridged was king of Dictionopolis (Azaz = a to z, like the letters in the alphabet, or entries in a dictionary).

Latest answer posted April 29, 2007 1:49 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

There is confusion in the word market following a fight between the Spelling Bee and the Humbug that has resulted in the latter tripping into a stall, thereby knocking to the ground all the...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018 6:24 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Dictionopolis is the name of the fantastic city visited by our hero Milo in the first several chapters of The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster (with awesome illustrations by Jules...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 10:01 pm UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

An allegory is when one or more characters in a story represent not only themselves, but something beyond themselves. For instance, Tock, Milo's dog, is an allegory. He is Milo's dog on the...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2007 3:16 am UTC

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The Phantom Tollbooth

Milo, like many smart children, is bored in school. He does not see the point in learning things: he thinks that a lot of what he is being taught is obvious—such as "subtracting turnips from...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 5:43 am UTC

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