Bartholomew and the Oobleck Paragraphs 80-93 Summary
Third Time's a Charm
Okay, before we discuss this section, we're going to stop for a moment and play our favorite game: listing off the names of fairy tales! So far, we've got:
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Notice any pattern here? Count Dracula says: "The number three! Muahaha…"
In fairy tales, folklore, and pretty much any kids' story ever, the number three tends to play a starring role, from determining the number of important characters (three bears, three pigs, etc.), the number of times a certain symbol appears (three houses, three bowls of porridge, etc.), and so on down the line. That's because the number three makes for a great way to organize a plot. It's enough to get the problem introduced, explored, and peaked, right before the resolution.
Why do we bring that up? Because Bartholomew now meets the third member of the royal staff, the Captain of the Guards, and we reach the peak of the problem.
This guy is so sure of his peeps that he claims he can eat the oobleck without any problem.
Turns out he's wrong. (Surprise!) He loses his voice and starts speaking green bubbles instead.
After this guy, there's really no worse we can get. If Bartholomew is going to save the day, he's going to have to take matters into his own hands. And that's just what he does: "I'll get the King's horse! I'll ride through the country! I'll warn the people of the kingdom myself!"