Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 7
Summary

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-porch swing. Douglas helps him, and after the swing is ready, Grandma bring out other chairs. As evening arrives, people throughout town gather on their porches. At his grandparents’ porch, all their relatives and friends visit at some point during the night, from Miss Fern and Miss Roberta in their Green Machine to the junkman Mr. Ned Jonas. Douglas is reassured by the flow of voices, and considers summer nights on porches a ritual that will never fade.

Analysis

The porch swing is another ritual of summer, and another way to subtly emphasize the virtues of small town life. Douglas’ youthfulness - and thus, otherness from adults - is emphasized in his inability to comprehend their discussions.

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