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Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the Egg


by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hatches the Egg Lines 72-90 Summary

No Respect

  • Spring finally arrives (la!) and Horton's so-called "friends" (76) discover what he's up to.
  • (By the way, Horton doesn't appear to have any elephant friends. We see a giraffe, a hippo with a squirrel on its back, a kangaroo with a joey in her pouch, and in true Seussian form, various animals we can't clearly identify.)
  • Horton's position just makes their day. They're total bullies, and they can't stop laughing and teasing him. 
  • The peanut gallery runs off down the hill, dying of laughter.
  • Playing would sure be nice, poor isolated Horton admits to himself. 
  • But he keeps on sitting, motivated only by his complete loyalty to the egg.

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