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The Phantom Tollbooth Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 3, Welcome to Dictionopolis Summary

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Chapter 3, Welcome to Dictionopolis Summary

The watchdog apologizes to Milo for his gruff behavior and introduces himself as Tock. Milo remarks that that is a strange name for a dog that always goes "tick tick tick." Tock tells the sad story of how his parents had their first child and named him Tick, only to discover that he said "tock tock tock." Then, when Tock was born, his parents were determined to get it right and named him for the noise they were sure he would make. Unfortunately, Tock did not follow his brother's path and made the noise "tick tick tick." Tock also tells Milo about his traditional job of watchdog. Time was invented to keep track of things. Watchdogs took on the job of making sure that no one wasted time.

Tock and Milo come to the gates of Dictionopolis. A guard asks for...

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