The giant, midget, thin man, and fat man are actually all the same person, a man who is average in terms of every physical attribute. He lives in a house with four doors, each labeled with one of his personas—this allows him to hold four jobs at once. He shows Milo how a person’s perspective changes how they see the world when he explains that, for instance, to short people, he’s a giant; while to very tall people, he’s extremely short.
The Giant, Midget, Thin Man, and Fat Man Character Timeline in The Phantom Tollbooth
The timeline below shows where the character The Giant, Midget, Thin Man, and Fat Man appears in The Phantom Tollbooth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10. A Colorful Symphony