Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
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Chapter 1

Douglas Spaulding wakes up at his grandparents’ house, where he is allowed to sleep over one night a week during the summer. Taking in the sensat...

Chapter 2

After walking into a spider’s web, Douglas senses something different will happen today. He and Tom join his father on a drive to a forest to col...

Chapter 3

The same day, back in town, the Spaulding brothers go on a second harvest: their grandfather has asked them to gather dandelions to make dandelion ...

Chapter 4

Douglas is left behind by friends who run ahead of him, left near the huge ravine in the middle of town, with its path towards the ice house. There...

Chapter 5

That night, on the way home from the movies, Douglas sees the Cream-Sponge Para Litefoot Shoes in the window of Mr. Sanderson’s shoe store. His f...

Chapter 6

Inspired by Tom’s statistics, Douglas explains to his brother that summer is split between things done every summer, and things done for the firs...

Chapter 7

With the rituals of the dandelion wine and new shoes now over, the next ritual occurred on the third day of summer: Grandpa setting up the front-po...

Chapter 8

Walking past the United Cigar Store with Douglas and Tom, Grandfather Spaulding runs into Leo Auffmann, the town jeweler. Leo is alarmed at talk of...

Chapter 9

Leo rides his bicycle home, excited at the prospect of inventing a Happiness Machine. He arrives home and is greeted by his six children with news ...

Chapter 10

As Douglas, Tom, and Grandpa walk home, they are met by Charlie Woodman, John Huff and some other boys, who take Douglas with them towards the ravi...

Chapter 11

Grandfather Spaulding awoke with a smile on his face and savored the reason why: summer has officially begun, as he heard a lawnmower being used ou...

Chapter 12

Researching for his Happiness Machine, Leo Auffmann consults with his wife Lena on whether or not she fits the definition of happiness. Lena finds ...

Chapter 13

Grandmother Spaulding and Mother bring out the rugs from the house, which are cleaned twice a year. Douglas, Tom, and Great-Grandma help beat the r...

Chapter 14

Mrs. Helen Bentley saves all kinds of items, memories of her past. Her husband John died in 1924 and she kept what she could of him, though it didn...

Chapter 15

Douglas and Tom share their experiences as they update their lists, including first events of summer such as the dandelion wine, the porch swing, t...

Chapter 16

Douglas notes the machines in town and Charlie Woodman is now taking him to a Time Machine, albeit one that only travels in the past. With John Huf...

Chapter 17

Tom wakes after midnight to find Douglas writing rapidly in the tablet. Douglas is counting his blessings: though the Happiness Machine didn’t wo...

Chapter 18

Miss Fern and Miss Roberta arrive home panicked, believing they ran over Mister Quartermain in the Green Machine. Hiding in the attic, they’re an...

Chapter 19

Mr. Tridden, the conductor of the trolley, picks up the children of the town for one last ride before the trolley is replaced by buses. Douglas is ...

Chapter 20

Douglas practically worships his friend John Huff, and is upset when John tells him he’s moving to Milwaukee that very night with his family. Dou...

Chapter 21

Douglas asks Tom to always stick around, even when they become real old, like forty or forty-five. Tom assures Douglas he can count on him, but Dou...

Chapter 22

Mailman Sam Brown comes home to his wife, Elmira, and tells her about some mail he delivered to Clara Goodwater, who lives up the street: books abo...

Chapter 23

Tom recounts the story of Elmira Brown to Douglas, who is amazed at the rich variety of people and events that Green Town has to offer.

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Chapter 24

Colonel Freeleigh wakes from a bad dream in his wheelchair and calls Mexico City to speak to his old friend Jorge. He asks Jorge to put the phone t...

Chapter 25

Douglas and Tom are playing on the Civil War cannon in the courthouse square, when Douglas suddenly realizes all those who died when Colonel Freele...

Chapter 26

In the basement, Grandfather Spaulding and Douglas counting the bottles from their second harvest of dandelion wine. As the bottles are counted, Do...

Chapter 27

On the first day of August, Bill Forrester drives Douglas to the drugstore, where Bill orders an old fashioned lime-vanilla ice. Miss Helen Loomis ...

Chapter 28

Walking with Tom and Charlie, Douglas wants to know what happened to happy endings in life. Tom opines that going to bed at night is a happy ending...

Chapter 29

Seven o’clock one night, Douglas says hello to Lavinia Nebbs: Lavinia is also greeted by Francine, as the two are going to the theater that eveni...

Chapter 30

Charlie tells Douglas and Tom that he’s upset the Lonely One has been killed by Lavinia Nebbs. Tom thinks that the man Lavinia Stabbed with her s...

Chapter 31

She had long been a vital force of the household, but now Great-grandma has taken ill. Lying in bed, she prepares to die: she explains to Tom how h...

Chapter 32

Tom wakes to what he thinks is a ghost, but is actually a jar of fireflies that Douglas now uses to write in his tablet in the dark. He has made li...

Chapter 33

Douglas shows Tom the wax statue of the Tarot Witch in her case, but Tom doesn’t understand why. Douglas is angered by this; he considers how he ...

Chapter 34

Tom is outside, counting the number of times the cicada buzzes to calculate the exact temperature. Douglas looks at the thermometer on the porch an...

Chapter 35

One man, horse, and wagon is known by all the inhabitants of Green Town: the junkman Ned Jonas and his cart. Children can detect his arrival before...

Chapter 36

On one of the hottest days of the summer, Tom tries to wake Douglas but is unable to do so. He calls his mother to tell her that Douglas is sick wi...

Chapter 37

The next morning, a silence falls on the town, heralding the start of summer rains. Douglas is now inside, in bed, and begins to write in his yello...

Chapter 38

Aunt Rose has come to visit Grandmother and Grandfather Spaulding. Douglas is preoccupied with how he can thank Mr. Jonas for what he did; he reali...

Chapter 39

Tom and Douglas see various signs that summer is coming to a close, most notably the sale on school supplies. The brothers discuss what next year w...

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