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The King's Stilts

The King's Stilts


by Dr. Seuss

The King's Stilts Paragraphs 53-77 Summary

The Dark Ages of Binn 

  • A stilt-less King Birtram is majorly down in the dumps. After all, what's a man supposed to do without his circus equipment?
  • In the meantime, his commands sound less, well, commanding. And the Patrol Cats grow lazier and lazier. They become cat nappers instead of Nizzard catchers (53-56).
  • The townspeople begin to worry for their safety as the Nizzards start attacking the Dike Trees more and more.
  • Something's gotta give. So Eric the pageboy decides that he has to tell the king about what has happened.
  • He runs over to the castle with every intention of saving the day (57-65).
  • As he rushes up to tell the king, though, Lord Droon intercepts him, shouting that the boy has measles. What? Harsh. You have measles, Droony!
  • Before Eric can protest, he is locked up in an old house labeled "Measles" with two guards posted at the door. Quarantine time (66-77).

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