by Ray Bradbury
The Veldt Family Quotes
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"Run see and come tell."
"Wendy, come back here!" said George Hadley, but she was gone. (106-8)
Bradbury loves putting lines together to contrast them. So here, Wendy obeys her brother's command but not her dad's. This is not what you would expect in a healthy family.
"We've never lifted a hand. They're insufferable—let's admit it. They come and go when they like; they treat us as if we were offspring." (136)
Bradbury helps us by having George tell us the theme here: the family roles are reversed, and the parents are treated like children. But what's with that opening line? Is George recommending hitting or spanking his children? Note to parents: this is not a good guide for how to discipline your kids.
Peter looked at his shoes. He never looked at his father any more, nor at his mother. (153)
Things are getting worse with the Hadley family, as Bradbury tells us with that "any more." This behavior is new, as Peter gets less friendly with his parents. Or, maybe, Peter just got some boss new shoes. That would be the Sex and the City/"The Veldt" mashup. And that would be awesome.