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All Summer in a Day
A Short Story by Ray Bradbury
The story is about a class of schoolchildren on Venus. The thick atmosphere of Venus still exists at this time, and it is constantly raining. The sun is only visible for one hour every seven years.
Margot is a little girl who moved to Venus from Earth just five years before the story takes place, so she is the only one in her class to remember sunshine. She is an outcast because of her sensitivity and the fact that it is rumored that she may return to Earth next year.
The kids are jealous of Margot because she remembers the sun from her time on Earth. They were only two years old when it was last visible from Venus and do not remember it. She almost has a nervous breakdown because she gets so sick of living with the relentless rain. For example, once when she was supposed to take a shower at school in the locker room, she refused to get wet. "She clutched her hands over her head and screamed that the water must not touch her head."
The students bully her because she is from earth. While the teacher is out of the room, a boy convinces the other children to lock Margot in the closet.
The teacher takes the other children outside to enjoy the hour of sunshine. In their astonishment and joy, they all forget about Margot. They run and play, skip jump and prance about, savoring every second of their newly found freedom.
All Summer in a Day - Movie Part 1
This 30 minute adaptation was originally broadcast on the PBS children's series "Wonderworks" in 1982.
Every time we get lots of rain I think of this story - and mention it to my husband... :/