What is an example of suspense in the short story, "There Will Come Soft Rains"?  

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An example of suspense in the story is the following:

Eight-one, tick-tock, eight-one o'clock, off to school, off to work, run, run, eight-one! But no doors slammed, no carpets took the soft tread of rubber heels.

This passage comes after the description of the mechanical functioning of the house, and it's not clear what happened to the residents of the house or why it is empty. This passage interjects a note of suspense, as the reader wonders why after the chiming of the clock, there is no activity in the house and no one is leaving or stirring in the house. The reader wonders why the mechanical functioning of the house is continuing while the residents of the house are strangely absent. It is not until the middle of the next paragraph that the reader finds out that this house is the lone house standing after an atomic bomb blast that has bathed the city in a radioactive glow and that has caused the silhouettes of the residents to be burned into the side of the house. 

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