The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by

Norton Juster

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The DYNNE is Dr. Dischord’s assistant. He’s a cloud of blue smog with yellow eyes who lives much of the time in bottles, but can emerge from the bottle and exist as a cloud of smog as well. The DYNNE is very sensitive and emotional; horrible sounds make him weep with happiness and he screams and runs at even the mention of beautiful sounds. His job is to go out each day and collect terrible sounds for Dr. Dischord to use in his medicines.

The DYNNE Quotes in The Phantom Tollbooth

The The Phantom Tollbooth quotes below are all either spoken by The DYNNE or refer to The DYNNE. 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:
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). 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 12. The Silent Valley Quotes

“It doesn’t make me happy to hold back the sounds,” she began softly, “for if we listen to them carefully they can sometimes tell us things far better than words.”

“But if that is so,” asked Milo—and he had no doubt that it was—“shouldn’t you release them?”

“NEVER!” she cried. “They just use them to make horrible noises which are ugly to see and worse to hear. I leave all that to Dr. Dischord and that awful, awful DYNNE.”

“But some noises are good sounds, aren’t they?” he insisted.

“That may be true,” she replied stubbornly, “but if they won’t make the sounds that I like, they won’t make any.”

Page Number: 158
Explanation and Analysis:
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The DYNNE Character Timeline in The Phantom Tollbooth

The timeline below shows where the character The DYNNE appears in The Phantom Tollbooth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11. Dischord and Dynne
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Since nobody will take the medicine, Dr. Dischord says he’ll give it to the DYNNE for lunch. He uncorks a bottle and a deafening rumble comes from it. Then, blue... (full context)
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Boredom, Beauty, and Modern Life Theme Icon
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Milo, confused, asks what a DYNNE is. Dr. Dischord says everyone’s heard of the DYNNE—whenever someone plays too loudly, others complain... (full context)
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...to ask for whatever it is. The doctor insists it’s simple and then sends the DYNNE off on his noise-collecting rounds. When he hears that Milo is headed for Digitopolis, the... (full context)
Chapter 12. The Silent Valley
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The person continues and writes that then, Dr. Dischord and the DYNNE came to the valley, promising to cure everyone. He gave everyone medicine—and all the good... (full context)
Chapter 13. Unfortunate Conclusions
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...by having only silence.” Rather, you must “use each at the proper time.” Presently, the DYNNE marches over the hill and asks if anyone wants the sounds in his bag; they’re... (full context)
Chapter 19. The Return of Rhyme and Reason
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Absurdity vs. Reason Theme Icon
...then horsemen race forward. King Azaz and the Mathemagician lead the way, Dr. Dischord, the DYNNE, and Chroma behind. Everyone Milo has met in the Lands Beyond joins the fight. (full context)