The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by

Norton Juster

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The Official Senses Taker Character Analysis

The Official Senses Taker sits at the bottom of the spiral staircase leading to the Castle in the Air. His purpose is to hold people up by gathering all information he can about them—and then stealing their senses. Though he’s able to distract Milo for a while by showing him a carnival that doesn’t exist, the spell is broken when Milo drops the package of sounds from the Wordsnatcher, releasing sounds of laughter into the air. The Senses Taker reveals that he can’t steal a person’s sense of humor as long as they have laughter.
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The Official Senses Taker Character Timeline in The Phantom Tollbooth

The timeline below shows where the character The Official Senses Taker appears in The Phantom Tollbooth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18. Castle in the Air
Knowledge, Learning, and the Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Language, Wordplay, Fun, and Logic Theme Icon
Boredom, Beauty, and Modern Life Theme Icon
...stairs, the man asks them for their names. The man introduces himself as the official Senses Taker ; he needs information before he can take their senses. He asks for family information,... (full context)
Knowledge, Learning, and the Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Absurdity vs. Reason Theme Icon
This information recorded (the demons are gaining on the travelers), the Senses Taker says Milo can continue—after giving more information, such as how much ice cream he can... (full context)
Knowledge, Learning, and the Purpose of Education Theme Icon
Language, Wordplay, Fun, and Logic Theme Icon
...suddenly, Milo, Tock, and the Humbug are laughing and no longer paying attention to the Senses Taker . They realize they’ve been tricked, but the Senses Taker says he is the Senses... (full context)