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The Wonderful World of Tone!

Definition: Gentle mockery

"The founding gathers in their widom decided that children were an unnatural strain on their parents.  So they provided jails called school, equipped with tortures called education."
~John Updike

     The tone of John Updike's quote about education is amusing, and one of gentle mockery.  By using metaphors of "jails called schools" and "tortures called education", Updike mocks the education system in a quiet way. 


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