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Mankind derives its greatest pains from re-living joyful memories while living in amediocre present. People often dwell in the past to forget about their current situations, but sadlysome dwell to the point where they no longer have a present life. Ray Bradbury’s novelDandelion Wineillustrates the tragic situation through Mrs. Bentley, an old woman whosurrounds herself with memorabilia from her past. The elderly widow befriends Tom and twogirls during a chance meeting one summer’s day. The two girls, Alice and Jane, challenge Mrs.Bentley’s lifestyle by refusing to believe her nostalgic stories. The girls’ mockery of her presentlife and a ghostly brush with her past force Mrs. Bentley to realize the feebleness of her life asshe eventually becomes increasingly aware of her aloneness.Bradbury introduces Mrs. Bentley as “a saver. She saves tickets, old theater programs,bits of lace, scarves, rail transfers; all the tags and tokens of existence” (Bradbury, 50). Mrs.Bentley lives in the past, dwelling on things she cannot possibly change. As a result the oldwoman has wound up being the most pitiful resident of Green Town, and surely the most alone.Often found talking to herself, Mrs. Bentley has not had a companion since age sixty-eight,“right after John died” (50). Mrs. Bentley admits that she lives “in a very strange town, left withonly the trunks and furniture, dark and ugly, crouched about her like the features of a primordialzoo” (50). Mrs. Bentley however does not acknowledge the pitiful nature of her aloneness. Even