Phantom Tollbooth pt. 3

Phantom Tollbooth pt. 3

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  • The bug, dog, and boy say farewell to Alec and continued on the road to Rhyme and Reason, but finds an old circus car, in which the odd Dr. Discord and the loud DYNNE collect the unpleasant sounds of the world.
  • I specialize in noise-all kinds-from the loudest to the softest, a from the slightly annoying to the terribly unpleasant. Take a little of my medicine, and you'll never have to hear pleasant sounds again!
  • I can't understand why you don't like noise. I heard an explosion that was so lovely I cried for two days.
  • I don't want to be cured of beautiful sounds.
  • After leaving the Doctor's car, Milo and friends must go through the Silent Valley, which is just what it sounds like. Completely Silent.
  • Milo goes to the Soundkeeper's fortress (there is sound there), and manages to take one small sound, the word "but." The townspeople load up the canon with that sound, knocking down the wall, and releasing all of the collected sounds into the world and the valley.
  • But-
  • Every sound that's ever been made is kept here. It doesn't make me happy to hold the sounds, but if I released them, Dr. Discord and his horrible DYNNE will make awful noises with them.
  • Finally, on their way to Digitopolis, the heroes lose a lot of time jumping to Conclusions, and are temporarily stuck on the island, before Canby, who jumps to Conclusions too often, informs them that they can swim back to land.
  • How did we get here?
  • You jumped, of course. Every time you decide something without good reasoning, you jump here whether you want to or not.
  • On the outskirts of Digitopolis, the Dodecahedron, who has twelve unique faces, accompanies our adventurers to the number mines, where they meet the Mathemagician, and learn where numbers come from and their importance. 
  • What's the greatest number you can think of?
  • Nine trillion, nine hundred ninety-nine billion, nine hundred ninety-nine million....
  • Very good. Now add one to it, now add one again, now add one again, now add one again, now add one again...
  • Where would you even find a number so big!
  • Milo, Tock, and the Humbug begin the perilous journey up the mountains to the castle in the sky, and encounter and barely escape many demons as they climb.
  • I am the Terrible Trivium, demon of petty tasks and worthless jobs, ogre of wsted effort, and monster of habit.
  • I'm the demon of insecurity. I don't mean what I say, I don't mean what I do, and I don't mean whatI am.
  • They'll be mourning for you soon enough! 
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