Summary of “All Summer in a Day”

Book Name : Bliss English Textbook For Class IX Second Language
Subject : Bliss
Class : 9th (Madhyamik/WB)
Publisher : Prof. Nabanita Chatterjee
Chapter Name : All Summer in a Day (5th chapter)

About the author

Ray Bradbury was a prolific American author known for his works in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery genres. He was born in 1920 and passed away in 2012. Bradbury was best known for his novels and short stories, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man. His works were characterized by their poetic style, imaginative and colourful imagery, and exploration of social and cultural themes.

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Introduction of the story

The story is set on planet Venus, where it has been raining for seven years without a single break. In this world, the children in the schoolroom long for the sun, which they have never seen before. But when the Sun finally comes out, they are overjoyed, and they run outside to experience the warmth and light. However, their joy is short-lived, as the rain returns with a vengeance, leaving them wondering if they will ever see the sun again.

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Summary of the story

All summer in a day

The story is set on planet Venus where it has been raining for seven years. The people living on the planet had forgotten what the sun looks like as it last appeared seven years ago. The story is focused on a group of nine-year-old children attending school on Venus. The children are excited when they see the rain start to stop and the sun begins to come out. The teacher warns them that they only have an hour to play in the sun. The children run outside, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the sights of the jungle. However, their joy is short-lived as they suddenly witness a large raindrop fall, and the sun disappears behind a misty cloud. They realize that they will not see the sun again for another seven years. The story ends with the children running back to their underground homes, as the rain and thunder continue to pour down.

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The theme of the story

The story is about children living on a planet where it rains all the time, and they have never seen the sun before. When the sun finally appears for an hour, they are overjoyed and enjoy playing and exploring outside. However, the rain returns suddenly, and the children are reminded of how quickly things can change. The theme of the story is to appreciate the good moments in life because they can be fleeting, and to not take things for granted.

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Characters of the story

The story features the following characters:

  1. Children who attend school on planet Venus
  2. Teacher of the children
  3. Men and women who came from Earth to settle on Venus (mentioned but not seen in the story)
  • Children: The children attending school on planet Venus are nine years old and have never experienced the sun before. They are eager to see it and run wild when it comes out. However, their joy is short-lived as the rain returns and they must retreat back to their underground homes.
  • Teacher: The Teacher on planet Venus is a caring and responsible adult who guides and educates the children in their underground schoolroom. She is aware of the limited time the children have to experience the sun and reminds them to be cautious. She understands the importance of the sun to the children and rushes back to the schoolroom to share the moment with them.
  • Men and women: The men and women on planet Venus came by rockets from Earth to set up a civilization in this rainy world. They were resilient, adapting to a world where rain never ceased. They built underground houses and established schools for their children. They yearned for the sun but were also prepared for the inevitable return of the rain.

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