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516. The Story of Daedalus and Icarus by Rolphe Humphries

518 2a. In these lines: And Icarus, his son, stood by and watched him. Not knowing he was dealing with his downfall . Stood by and watched, and raised his shiny face To let a feather, light as down, fall on it, Or stuck his thumb into the yellow was, Fooling around, the way a boy will, always,Whenever a father tries to get some work done.

What does Icarus do as he watches his father prepare the wings?

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There is some dramatic irony here. Icarus is watching his wings being made. Playing with the wax like a boy would. He does not heed the seriousness of the task or his father's advice when it is completed.