The house was full of dead bodies, it seemed. It felt like a mechanical cemetery. So silent. None of the humming hidden energy of machines waiting to function at the tap of a button."Don't let them do it!" wailed Peter at the ceiling, as if he was talking to the house, the nursery. "Don’t let Father kill everything." He turned to his father. "Oh, I hate you!"11. What do the psychologists think the children’s perspectives are?The technology replaced the parents.19
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"Insults won't get you anywhere.""I wish you were dead!""We were, for a long while. Now we’re going to really start living. Instead of being handled and massaged, we're going to live."Wendy was still crying and Peter joined her again. “Just a moment, just one moment, just another moment of nursery,” they wailed. “Oh, George,” said the wife, “it can't hurt.” “All right - all right, if they'll just shut up. One minute, mind you, and then off forever.” “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!” sang the children, smiling with wet faces. “And then we're going on a vacation. David McClean is coming back in half an hour to help us move out and get to the airport. I'm going to dress. You turn the nursery on for a minute, Lydia, just a minute, mind you.” And the three of them went babbling off while he let himself be vacuumed upstairs through the air flue and set about dressing himself. A minute later Lydia appeared."Did you leave them in the nursery?""I wanted to dress too. Oh, that horrid Africa. What can they see in it?""Well, in five minutes we'll be on our way to Iowa. Lord, how did we ever get in this house? What prompted us to buy a nightmare?"20
"Pride, money, foolishness.""I think we'd better get downstairs before those kids get engrossed with those damned beasts again."Just then they heard the children calling, "Daddy, Mommy, come quick - quick!"They went downstairs in the air flue and ran down the hall. The children were nowhere in sight. "Wendy? Peter!"They ran into the nursery. The veldt land was empty save for the lions waiting, looking at them. "Peter, Wendy?"The door slammed."Wendy, Peter!"George Hadley and his wife whirled and ran back to the door."Open the door!" cried George Hadley, trying the knob. "Why, they’ve locked it from the outside! Peter!" He beat at the door. "Open up!"He heard Peter's voice outside, against the door."Don't let them switch off the nursery and the house," he was saying.Mr. and Mrs. George Hadley beat at the door. "Now, don't be ridiculous, children. It's time to go. Mr. McClean'll be here in a minute and..."And then they heard the sounds.The lions on three sides of them, in the yellow veldt grass, padding through the dry straw, 12. What is the Father’s perspective of the room?The room is alive.21
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rumbling and roaring in their throats.
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