The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by

Norton Juster

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The Demon of Insincerity Character Analysis

The Demon of Insincerity at first seems helpful; he guides Milo and his friends through deep sludge. But once Milo, Tock, and the Humbug fall into a pit, the demon says he loves to give bad advice and has no intention of helping anyone. He introduces himself as a huge, frightening monster capable of keeping his prisoners in the pit—but with his telescope, Milo is able to see that the demon is actually small, cute, and nonthreatening.

The Demon of Insincerity Quotes in The Phantom Tollbooth

The The Phantom Tollbooth quotes below are all either spoken by The Demon of Insincerity or refer to The Demon of Insincerity. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Knowledge, Learning, and the Purpose of Education Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bullseye Books edition of The Phantom Tollbooth published in 1988.
Chapter 17. Unwelcoming Committee Quotes

“I’m the demon of insincerity,” he sobbed. I don’t mean what I say, I don’t mean what I do, and I don’t mean what I am. Most people who believe what I tell them go the wrong way, and stay there, but you and your awful telescope have spoiled everything. I’m going home.” And, crying hysterically, he stamped off in a huff.

“It certainly pays to have a good look at things,” observed Milo as he wrapped up the telescope with great care.

Related Symbols: Gifts
Page Number: 217
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Demon of Insincerity Character Timeline in The Phantom Tollbooth

The timeline below shows where the character The Demon of Insincerity appears in The Phantom Tollbooth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17. Unwelcoming Committee
Knowledge, Learning, and the Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Language, Wordplay, Fun, and Logic Theme Icon
Absurdity vs. Reason Theme Icon
...he asks what kind of demon the creature is. Sobbing, the creature says he’s the Demon of Insincerity . He doesn’t mean anything he says or does, but most people believe him anyway.... (full context)
Knowledge, Learning, and the Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Language, Wordplay, Fun, and Logic Theme Icon
Absurdity vs. Reason Theme Icon
...the travelers down and runs away. By this point, the Wordsnatcher, the Trivium, and the Demon of Insincerity know about Milo, Tock, and the Humbug, and they’ve told the other demons. Now, the... (full context)