The tone of the "The Egg" is humorous and jaded. In fact, the tone might be summed up in the narrator's comments below as he bemoans, as if he is a philosopher himself, how eggs become chickens, have brief, disease-prone lives, then reproduce themselves and die:
It [a chicken] is born out of an egg, lives for a few weeks as a tiny fluffy thing such as you will see pictured on Easter cards, then becomes hideously naked, eats quantities of corn and meal bought by the sweat of your father's brow, gets diseases called pip, cholera, and other names, stands looking with stupid eyes at the sun, becomes sick and dies. ... Most philosophers must have been raised on chicken farms. One hopes for so much from a chicken and is so dreadfully disillusioned.
This tone is sustained throughout because most of the story is an overview of the narrator's parents' lives, as understood by their son. It is his weary voice that dominates the text. Only near the end do we get to hear a few snippets of any voice...
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