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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

Time Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

One by one, the hours passed, and at exactly 5:22 (by Tock's very accurate clock) Milo carefully opened one eye and, in a moment, the other. Everything was still purple, dark blue, and black, yet scarcely a minute remained to the long, quiet night. (11.1)

So is Tock a dog or a clock? How in the world can he be both?

Quote #5

At last the exhausted Milo, afraid to call for help and on the verge of tears, dropped his hands to his sides. The orchestra stopped. The colors disappeared, and once again it was night. The time was 5:27 A.M. (11.15)

Milo's botched attempt at conducting the sunrise lasts exactly a week and five minutes. Time seems very precise around these parts. Why do you think that is?

Quote #6

When they had all been safely started, the very pleasant man returned to the tree and, leaning against it once more, continued to stare vacantly down the trail, while Milo, Tock, and the Humbug worked hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour after hour – (16.116)

You know what Shmoop loves about this quote? You can literally feel the boring repetitiveness of the jobs that the "very pleasant man" gives Milo and the others. We see the hours passing by just as the characters do. Seriously, read this quote aloud and see how long it takes you. You'll be exhausted by the end. Take it from Shmoop – we tried it!

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