What are 3 details from the story "There Will Come Soft Rains" that tell us that the catastrophe happened some time ago?I was thinking that maybe since it is written in past tense, but I can't...

What are 3 details from the story "There Will Come Soft Rains" that tell us that the catastrophe happened some time ago?

I was thinking that maybe since it is written in past tense, but I can't think of 3 reasons.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Ray Bradbury's science fiction story, the automated house prepares itself for the day, but the human inhabitants have not prepared themselves at all for (this) day.

(1) In fact, they have not eaten the breakfast,  or responded to the weather box or the waiting car.  Now, they are mere

five spots of paint--the man, the woman, the children, the ball--remained .  The rest was a thick charcoaed layer.

(2) Outside a dog whines.  It is shiverying and is "gone to bone and covered with sores."  It runs upstairs, "sniffing at each door, finally realizing that only silence was here."  Finally, it spins in a frenzy and dies.

(3)At ten o'clock one evening, the house itself begins to die by catching on fire.  When the mechanical wall sprays let down showers of mechanical rain from the from the wall sprays, the water only lasts so long since

The reserve water supply which had filled baths and for washed dishes for many quiet days were gone.

The house runs for days unitl it finally goes beyond what it should do and dies, but nature survives and lives on.  

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