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All Summer in a Day:

All Summer in a Day Ray Bradbury

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It rained. rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained It had been raining for seven years

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The drum and gush of water. The con cussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves. A thousand forests were crushed, grown up, to be crushed again.

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And this was the way life was forever on the planet Venus.

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It rained. rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained

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“It’s stopping!” “It’s stopping!” “Yes!” “Yes!” Margot stood apart from them children who could not remember a time without rain rain rain

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They remembered a warmness a blushing in the face body arms and legs but then they always awoke to rain rain rain and their dreams were gone.

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“I think the sun is a flower that blooms f or just one hour.” flower flower flower flower flower flower flower flower flower flower flower flower

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That was read in a in the still classroom, while the was falling outside . rain rain rain quiet voice, Margot’s poem, But that was yesterday . Now the rain was slackening.

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Margot stood alone. looked as if she had been lost in the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes red mouth yellow hair. If she spoke at all, her voice would be a ghost.

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She stood separate staring at the wet world beyond the window her They edged away from sang about Only were on the windows eyes happiness

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Margot had come from Earth only five years ago They had been on Venus all their lives had forgotten the color and heat of the sun But remembered.

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The children hated her “What are you waiting for?” For the first time, looked at him she what was waiting for was in her eyes she said the boy.

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“Don’t wait around here! You won’t see nothing!” “It was all a joke, wasn’t it?” “But” “Right!” “All a joke.” “Of course!” “A joke!” “But this is the day” “The scientists predict know the sun…”

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“Hey, everyone, let’s put her in a closet!” They surged about her And took protesting pleading crying and locked the door slammed her They They They

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They saw the door tremble from beating her on it. heard her muffled cries. and left her s m i l e d

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The rain stopped . The world ground to a standstill. The sun came out.

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The jungle burned with sunlight The children released from their spell, rushed out into the springtime “Don’t go too far!” the teacher yelled “You’ve only got two hours , you know.”

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The children lay out laughing on the jungle mattress They looked at savored everything

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and then one of the girls wailed everyone stopped

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“Oh, look , look!” She looked at her pa lm In the center of it was a single raindrop rain The faded sun

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It rained. rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained rained

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“Will it be seven more years?” “Yes. Seven.” “Wait! Margot!” “She’s still in the closet!” “What?” They looked at each other then looked away

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They turned through the d o o r w a y to the room room room room Behind the closet door was only silence

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They turned through the door and let Margot out.

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