it would ruin the story

It has been said, “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” From The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo:

“You try,” she said. “First a bite of some glue and then follow it with a crunch of the paper. And these squiggles. They are very tasty.”
Despereaux looked down at the book, and something remarkable happened. The marks on the pages, the “squiggles” as Merlot referred to them, arranged themselves into shapes. The shapes arranged themselves into words, and the words spelled out a delicious and wonderful phrase: Once upon a time.
“‘Once upon a time,'” whispered Despereaux.
“What?” said Merlot.
“Nothing.”
“Eat,” said Merlot.
“I couldn’t possibly,” said Despereaux, backing away from the book.
“Why?”
“Um,” said Despereaux. “It would ruin the story.”

That “something remarkable” happens a bit fast for this reader, but the idea of a mouse with too much respect for language to eat is certainly intriguing.

 

 

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