Chapter 16 Summary

A Very Dirty Bird

Milo climbs the stairs to Infinity but realizes he is no closer to the top than when he began—and not much farther from the bottom than when he started. He says he is certain he will never get there. A voice says he would not like Infinity much anyway; it is a very poor place that can never manage to make ends meet.

Milo looks up to see a half a child, neatly divided from top to bottom, standing next to him. Milo says he has never seen half a child before. The boy says it is .58 “to be precise.” His family is quite average: mother, father, and 2.58 children. He is the .58, of course.

The boy is never lonely because every family has a .58 for him to play...

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