The Phantom Tollbooth - Chapter 4, Confusion in the Marketplace Summary & Analysis

Norton Juster
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Chapter 4, Confusion in the Marketplace Summary

From all around the kingdom, the word growers come to market day to sell their wares. Milo and Tock walk around, admiring the "bagful of pronouns" and the "fresh-picked ifs ands, and buts." Milo picks out three very long, elegant words but hastily returns them, when he hears the price. Milo continues looking until he reaches a "DO IT YOURSELF" stall selling all the letters of the alphabet. The seller gives him an "a" to try, and Milo discovers that it tastes sweet and delicious.

As Milo continues to sample letters, the Spelling Bee flies up. The Spelling Bee has a habit of spelling words as he says them: "I can spell anything - a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g," the

Bee boasts. The Spelling Bee encourages Milo to give him a word to spell. Milo suggests "vegetable," and the Bee pretends to be...

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