There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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What piece of evidence best supports the idea that the city in "There Will Come Soft Rains" was ruined from some sort of nuclear blast?

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Bradbury tells us that the deserted house in the story stands alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This is our first real clue that what's left of Allendale, California, in 2026, is the remnant of a nuclear blast. Although the city may have been destroyed as part of a conventional war, the fact that just one house is left standing indicates that something a good deal more cataclysmic took place here.

Our initial suspicions are confirmed in the very next sentence when we're informed that, at night, the ruined city gives off a radioactive glow that can be seen for miles. Now we're certain that the city wasn't just destroyed by war; it was annihilated by some kind of nuclear blast.

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