The Veldt

by EllMae
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The Veldt

Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Man: The Veldt

"I have a feeling it'll be Africa again before then." Two screams. Two people screaming from downstairs. And then a roar of lions.

"...That sun. He could feel it on his neck, still, like a hot paw. And the lions. And the smell of blood. Remarkable how the nursery caught telepathic emanations of the children's minds and created life to fill their every desire."

"I'm afraid so. One of the original uses of these nurseries was so that we could study the patterns left on the walls by the child's mind, study at our leisure, and help the child. In this case, however, the room has become a channel toward---destructive thoughts, instead of release away from them."

"Who was it said, 'Children are carpets, they should be stepped on occasionally'? We've never lifted a hand. They're insufferable---let's admit it. They come and go when they like; they treat us as if we were offspring. They're spoiled and we're spoiled."

"...You've let this room and this house replace you and your wife in your children's affections. This room is their mother and father, far more important in their lives than their real parents."



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