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Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the Egg


by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hatches the Egg Lines 203-213 Summary

The Big Pay-Off

  • What a spectacular moment for the circus.
  • The spectators have never seen anything like this. Before they were laughing, but now they cheer. Cheer, we say! 
  • "It's something brand new!/IT'S AN ELEPHANT-BIRD!!" (Note the rare double exclamation point. How 'bout them apples?)
  • No longer is Horton the butt of their jokes. Now he's earned their respect and their admiration.
  • And his faithfulness doesn't escape their attention. They say: "And it should be, it should be, it SHOULD be like that!/ Because Horton was faithful! He sat and he sat!/ He meant what he said/ And he said what he meant" (210-213).
  • From the angry look on Mayzie's face, we gather she knows that public opinion has swayed in Horton's favor. 
  • Who could resist the cuteness of the elephant-bird perched on Horton's trunk as they look lovingly into each other's eyes? 
  • Only Mayzie.

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