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The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury

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The Martian Chronicles | November 2005: The Watchers | Summary



Those human settlers who are still around on Mars watch the sky as Earth lights up in fire. They receive the incoming messages of death and destruction and pleas for them to come home. The luggage-store proprietor sells out his stock of luggage.


It may be hard for the reader to fathom why settlers would return to a mostly destroyed planet, but they do. Bradbury sets up a possible motivation in "November 2005: The Luggage Store," and he alludes to it again here by the presence of the luggage-store proprietor, one of the few characters to appear in two stories. Basically, when the situation gets dire, humans feel compelled to go "home," and Mars is not their home, despite their best efforts to remake the planet according to their nostalgia of Earth.

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