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Paragraphs 44–50 contain the mathematical and economic analysis of the impoverishment of the story’s children and their families. There are suggestions here of political analysis and resulting political action, even though the story does not go beyond the comparative prices of necessities and luxuries. Paragraph 50, spoken by Miss Moore, seems to summarize the story’s ideas: “Imagine for a minute what kind of society it is in which some people can spend on a toy what it would cost to feed a family of six or seven.” It would be difficult to imagine that the children would forget such an analysis and comparison, because they have seen and coveted the expensive toys, and will not forget them and their out-of-reach prices.
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