How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
by Dr. Seuss
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Hate Quotes
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They'd do something
He liked least of all!
Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Would stand close together, with Christmas bells ringing.
They'd stand hand-in-hand. And the Whos would start singing. (39-44)
The Grinch pretty much despises absolutely anything that the Whos do during Christmastime—or probably at any time of the year. He's like that caricature of the cranky old neighbor yelling at kids to get off his lawn already. His hatred of the holidays—and of all the noise associated with it—consumes him entirely, keeping his little heart shriveled up and his frown lines deep.
"That's a noise," grinned the Grinch,
"That I simply MUST hear!" (144-145)
In the final moments as he's about to carry out his terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad plan, it's the Grinch's hatred and desire to cause the Whos pain that makes him pause at the top of Mt. Crumpit. He assumes that they are going to be wailing and complaining about their loss of Christmas, but to his surprise, he hears singing instead. At this juncture, he no longer hates the Whos. His hatred deflates and he starts to wonder what all this Christmas joy and love stuff is really about, and in doing so, his heart grows three sizes. Bonus.