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    Smile toll time / as fragile as a cuckoo's

    Hello. I don't follow exactly what the underlined part means in this context.
    1. Here 'toll' means 'sacrifice'?
    2. I don't understand why a cuckoo has a fragile mind.
    Please help. Thank you.


    Here is the context. They are from a storybook about stolen Mona Lisa.

    You must appreciate the risks I took in stealing the fair lady for Italy!
    The secret I kept from the world, the months of unimaginable, the toll time took on nerves as jangled as a hummingbird's and a mind as fragile as a cuckoo's.
    Last edited by frindle; 30-Jun-2011 at 05:58. Reason: correct the spellings

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    Re: toll time / as fragile as a cuckoo's

    If something takes a toll, it has a negative effect, causes damage, etc.

    I don't know why the cuckoo's mind is fragile. Could it possibly refer to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? (Just guessing)

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    Cool Re: toll time / as fragile as a cuckoo's

    Thanks. But I still don't understand the second one, a mind as fragile as a cuckoo's.
    Could it be related to the thing that cuckoos lay their eggs in other birds nests or something?

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    Re: toll time / as fragile as a cuckoo's

    But doesn't that show how clever the cuckoo is rather than being a sign of mental fragility? That's why I wondered about the book or movie, which does deal with mental health.

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    Re: toll time / as fragile as a cuckoo's

    I agree with you. Thank you again.

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