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Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck


by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck Paragraphs 105-109 Summary

Adults are Just Plain Silly 

  • And so, at long last, we get to see all of the adults for what they really are.
  • In the goofiest manner possible, this passage explores every aspect of adult incompetence. The Royal Cook gets stuck to his cooking ware (though, if he was about to cook a cat, it's probably for the best), the Laundress launders herself, and the fiddlers? All we're going to say is: how will there be fiddling now?
  • Once again, the word "royal" is peppered throughout this passage in the most absurd and demystifying contexts: Royal Cook, Royal Laundress, Royal Fiddlers, royal fiddles.
  • To make matters worse, everyone is flopping and floundering throughout all the hubbub. Hardly the picture of regal manners.
  • Perhaps that's what reminds Bartholomew of the floppiest, most floundery guy of all: the King.

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