What is the daily routine of the automated house?  

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7 a.m. - The house wakes everyone (no one) up. 

7:09  - Breakfast time for a family of four: "eight pieces of perfectly browned toast, eight eggs sunnyside up, sixteen slices of bacon, two coffees, and two cool glasses of milk."

8:01 - The house ushers the dead children and adults to work and school.

8:30 - The house cleans up the uneaten breakfast. 

9:15 - The house sends out its robots to clean the entire place. 

10:15 - The sprinklers turn on. 

Noon - The house opens up for the family dog ("The front door recognized the dog voice and opened.") The dog is emaciated and suffers from radiation poisoning and dies. By 2 p.m., the house had removed the dead dog and most likely incinerated it.

2:35 p.m. - Bridge tables come out from the floor and lunch and drinks are served.

4 - The card tables and drinks are put away.  

4:30 - Nursery walls that look similar to those Bradbury describes in "The Veldt" glow waiting for the dead children. 

5 - Bath time

6, 7 and 8 - Dinner time and post-dinner drinks in the study with the fireplace glowing. 

9 - The beds are warmed electronically. 

9:05 - The house reads the Sara Teasdale poem "There Will Come Soft Rains."

10 - "The house began to die." A tree crashes into the house, a fire is ignited and the place burns up.

The story ends with the house's frightening repetition of the date: “Today is August 5, 2057, today is August 5, 2057, today is …"

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There Will Come Soft Rains

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