Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
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 lists of why you can’t depend on things, then a list of why you can’t depend on people, and is at the brink of other things and people pass along and die, then Douglas himself... but he cannot take this thought to its logical conclusion. Instead, he frees the fireflies and goes to bed holding the empty Mason jar.


Douglas freeing the fireflies is a foreshadowing of future acts of heroism. It is also a way for him to give back to the summer what belongs to summer, an admission that one cannot hold onto all of summer even as one tries to record and treasure it.

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