Horton Hatches the Egg
by Dr. Seuss
Horton Hatches the Egg Abandonment Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
"Toodle-oo!" sang out Mayzie and fluttered away. (31)
In non-anthropomorphized birds, the instinct to sit on the egg until it hatches would probably override the desire to fly the coop; few things can pry a real bird from her egg.
But Mayzie, by this time, was far beyond reach,
Enjoying the sunshine way off in Palm Beach,
And having such fun, such a wonderful rest,
Decided she'd NEVER go back to her nest. (57-60)
The capitalized "NEVER" turns Mayzie's hiatus into a permanent vacation. Even though we can all relate to her love of fun and sun, we can't help taking this abandonment personally. For a minute, we all feel like the abandoned egg. Way to play to our insecurities, Seuss.
They laughed and they laughed. Then they all ran away.
And Horton was lonely. He wanted to play. (84-85)
Mayzie isn't the only animal in the jungle with abandonment fever. Horton's so-called friends are no better. When Horton is most in need of their help—or at least a little moral support—they mock him and leave him to suffer in isolation.