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What makes Margot different from the other children and why? Why does this difference cause the other children to dislike Margot?

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Margot and the other children live and go to school together on Venus. Their parents are part of some undisclosed program that is working to create a civilization on Venus. On Venus, it rains continuously day and night for years on end. However, once every seven years, the sun shines for two hours.

Compared to the other children, Margot has been on Venus a relatively short time. Previously she lived on Earth and remembers it well. Supposedly on Earth, the sun still normally shines. Margot has seen and experienced the sun. The other children were born on Venus and the last time they saw the sun, they were only two years old so they do not remember it. To them, the sun is a myth and many are unsure it even really exists.

When the other children hear Margot describe the sun and say that she has seen it, they do not believe her. Margot already seemed to be an outcast, different and withdrawn from the others. Once she speaks of knowing the sun, the children actively shun her, eventually pushing and shoving her. Her descriptions are vivid and the author leaves the reader to assume that as Margot speaks, the children start to believe her and to resent her.

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Margot is different from the rest of the kids because she has seen the sun before and remembers what it looks like. This difference causes great dislike from the other kids because they feel that Margot is lying and boasting to them. On a deeper level this dislike can be analyzed as how human nature is jealous and envious. The other kids are jealous that Margot has seen the sun and despise her because she has something they do not - a memory of the sun.