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by Ray Bradbury

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What is the summary of the story "All Summer in a Day"?

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All Summer in a Day” is a short story written by Ray Bradbury about a group of nine-year-old students who live on Venus. It takes place on a particular day in which the sun is supposed to come out for the first time in seven years. In this science fiction story, it rains all the time on Venus, and the sun only comes out for one hour once every seven years. One of the children, Margot, remembers what the sun is like from her time on Earth, but the other children moved to Venus at too young an age and don’t remember anything about the sun. They do not believe what Margot tells them and start to bully her, ultimately locking her in a dark closet.

Their teacher arrives just as the sun is about to appear, and she takes the children outside to enjoy the sunlight for its brief time. As they are running, jumping, and playing in the sunlight, they forget about Margot, who remains locked in the closet. Too soon, a student feels a raindrop fall on her as a storm approaches. The children run inside, where they remember Margot and let her out of the closet, but it is too late. The precious sun, that she has been waiting so long to see, is gone.

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The story “All Summer in a Day” is set on the planet Venus.  Venus is a rainy planet, and the sun only comes for out one day every seven years.

The story centers around a group of schoolchildren who are living on Venus.  The sun comes out for two hours for the first time in their lifetime.

It had been raining for seven years; thousands upon thousands of days compounded and filled from one end to the other with rain, with the drum and gush of water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers …

Margot is “a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the rain for years” and the other kids isolate her because she has only been on Venus for five years, so she remembers the sun.

The children lock her up, and then the rain stops.  The other children run outside.

It was the color of flaming bronze and it was very large. And the sky around it was a blazing blue tile color.

The children are excited.  They feel that the actual sun is much better than “sunlamps” that they’ve had instead.

As the children are admiring the sun, it starts raining again, and they realize that they have still got Margot locked up.

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