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Dandelion Wine Summary Dandelion Wine is a nostalgic autobiographical fantasy in which the author forms a collage of isolated parts and melds them together. Since many chapters have isolated significance, some chapters have been summarized to give a broader idea of what the novel is about. Waking up early in the morning, Douglas Spaulding employs “magic” to awaken to townspeople. It is the first day of summer in 1928, and out in the forest with his father and brother Tom, he has a revelation and feels alive for the first time. Summer starts with new sneakers and Douglas is able to convince shopkeeper Mr. Sanderson to give them to him. Douglas shows Tom a notebook in which he is recording events happening in his summer. He records revelations and rituals. These include his observations on the other characters in the tale and his delights and despair of death, time, and change. His best friend moves away, he sees the tragedy in the death of Colonel Freeleigh and the impossible love of Bill and Helen and the demise of the Happiness Machine, he bemoans the loss of the trolley and other changes in the way things are done. By the end of the novel, Douglas gets very sick and decides he is going to die, but a traveling man named Mr. Jonas , who always has interesting things to give people, helps Douglas realize he wants to live. Tom has a few vignettes of his own as well. One night Mrs. Spaulding worries that Douglas has not yet come back from playing so she takes Tom out into the dark night and the the edge of the ominous ravine. There Tom has an epiphany

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