The Whether Man is the first person Milo meets in the Lands Beyond. He lives in Expectations and, when people honk, he runs to the road to dispense advice. But the Whether Man hates making decisions, so his speech only confuses Milo because he won’t speak clearly or without using wordplay that goes right over Milo’s head.
The Whether Man Character Timeline in The Phantom Tollbooth
The timeline below shows where the character The Whether Man appears in The Phantom Tollbooth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2. Beyond Expectations
...times. In this manner, the man welcomes Milo to Expectations and introduces himself as the Whether Man . Shocked by the greeting, Milo asks if he’s on the right road for Dictionopolis.... (full context)