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The Lorax
The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss

The Lorax Lines 237-264 Summary

Back to the Future

  • Whew. The long stroll down memory lane is over. The Once-ler tells the boy (remember him?) that ever since the Lorax left, he's been desperately trying to figure out what the Lorax meant by UNLESS (shouted, no less!).
  • Until the boy came and asked about the Lorax, the Once-ler couldn't figure it out. But now it's "perfectly clear" (247): 
  • He tells the boy, "UNLESS someone like you/ cares an awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not" (248-251).
  • With that, the Once-ler drops something down to the boy: the very last Truffula Seed in existence. 
  • The Once-ler's last words to the boy: "Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack./ Then the Lorax/ and all of his friends/ may come back" (264).
  • Words to live by.
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