The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat Lines 66-86 Summary
A First-Class Balancing Act
- Turns out, once the Cat has you up in the air, it's not that easy to come down. The fish is kind of freaking out.
- To assuage the fish's fears, the cat (still balancing the fish) stands on a ball on his tippy-toe—or tippy-paw? On a finger of his non-fish-holding hand, he balances a book.
- Interesting use of a book, right? See "Symbols, Imagery, and Allegory" for more on that tidbit.
- With amazing speed, never dropping the fish or the book or falling off the ball, the Cat adds a bunch of stuff to his balancing act: a toy boat, a birthday cake, another book, and a tray holding a bottle and a glass of what looks like milk. Yum.
- Think that trick's impressive? Soon enough, the Cat starts hopping on the ball, still balancing all that stuff.