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There Will Come Soft Rains

by Ray Bradbury

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What happened to the occupants of the house?

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The family-two parents, a son, and a daughter are dead as a result of an atomic bomb blast. The only thing that remains of them are five splotches against the house.

The family dog arrives at the house, alive but injured, but dies within the hour due to the effects of the radiation.

The only moving things left in the house are the robotic mice.

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