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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Patterning Windows

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Suggested by the previous posts "Venus Winks" and "Ray Bradbury, 1920-2012"—

And then, of course, the biggest crime of all was that she had come here only five years ago from Earth, and she remembered the sun and the way the sun was and the sky was when she was four in Ohio.  And they, they had been on Venus all their lives, and they had been only two years old when last the sun came out and had long since forgotten the color and heat of it and the way it really was.  But Margot remembered.

"It's like a penny," she said once, eyes closed.

"No it's not!" the children cried.

"It's like a fire," she said, "in the stove."

"You're lying, you don't remember!" cried the children.

But she remembered and stood quietly apart from all of them and watched the patterning windows.

— From the 1954 Ray Bradbury story "All Summer in a Day"

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