Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 17
Summary

Tom wakes after midnight to find Douglas writing rapidly in the tablet. Douglas is counting his blessings: though the Happiness Machine didn’t work out, there’s so many ways for him to travel. He notes the Green Town Trolley, the Green Machine of Miss Fern and Miss Roberta, his own sneakers, and the Colonel Freeleigh Express for time travel. When Tom asks what all this means, Douglas says they’ll be lucky to have half the years and "far-traveling" experience as someone like the Colonel. And while the boys are astounded at the Colonel’s time traveling reach, Douglas observes that such far-traveling sounds lonely.

Analysis

This interlude is another metafictive gesture, as Douglas keeps track of summer events.

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