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The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury

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The Martian Chronicles | August 2005: The Old Ones | Summary



The last wave of people to come to Mars comprises the elderly. Instead of going to California or to Italy in search of a new experience, they go to Mars. Those who came before them have made their arrival more comfortable.


Bradbury describes the latest arrivals as the "dry and crackling people," the "dried-apricot people," and the "mummy people." As the second act of the narrative begins to wind down, Bradbury's descriptors for humans mimic those of the dead Martians in "April 2003: The Musicians" who were like dry autumn leaves, signaling humans' dominance of Mars is coming to an end.

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