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Unformatted text preview: of his lower legs behind. This assumption is made by Grice, the old man whom the three cowpunchers were staying with. Grice promptly "bribes" the remaining two cowpunchers, requesting that they keep the death of their friend to themselves. The two cowpunchers keep their peace and make off with forty gold dollars and the three and four bits Grice won from them the night before. "There Will Come Soft Rains" has another assumption, yet in this story, the assumption comes from a strange source. The house makes the assumption that there are still people living in the world and in his body, so he continues his daily routine of waking and feeding the inhabitants inside. In actuality, all human life has perished in a nuclear war, and all his efforts are in vain....
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- Spring '08
- English, Short story, Assumption of Mary, blood bay