a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned
Ex: The play's set was filled with anachronisms.
the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose
Ex: We needed a laboratory apparatus to successfully complete the experiment.
cause someone to become perplexed and confused
Ex: The difficult test bewildered him.
a large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire
Ex: The witch used her caldron to mix her potion.
It was man's attempt to establish dominion over nature.
(of a person) fussy about one's needs or requirements
Ex: Her daughter was a finicky eater.
(1) pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely
Ex: There were many forlorn figures at the bus stops.
(2) (or an aim or endeavor) unlikely to succeed or to be fulfilled; hopeless
Ex: It was a forlorn attempt to escape.
a passionate expression of grief or sorrow
Ex: She sang a song full of lament and sorrow.
describing a person who subscribes to the belief or desire that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend o promote national interests
Ex: That man was a devout militarist.
thick, dark brown juice obtained from raw sugar during the refining process
Ex: They are moving slow as molasses.
the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membranes of the respiratory passages, esp. when produced in excessive or abnormal quantities
Ex: A warm phlegm gathered in Eckels' throat.
(1) of a brilliant red color
(2) (of an offense or sin) wicked; heinous
a warship with a streamlined hull designed to operate completely submerged in the sea for long periods, equipped with an internal store of air and a periscope and typically armed with torpedoes and/or missiles
Ex: Not even a submarine could reach the depths of where this monster lived.
existing, occurring, or done under the earth's surface
Ex: The monster emerged from the subterranean environment.
(esp. of a change or distinction) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe
Ex: His language expresses rich and subtle meanings.
(chiefly of vapor or smoke) containing or derived from sulfur
Ex: the air had a sulfurous smell.
shake involuntarily, typically as a result of anxiety, excitement, or frailty
Ex: Her hands trembled when she thought about the sun coming out.
shaking or quivering slightly; timid, nervous
Ex: Because she was afraid, Barbara's voice was tremulous.
making a loud, confused noise; uproarious
It was a tumultuous scene as the children tried to go play in the sun.
open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa. It is conventionally classified by altitude into highveldt, middleveld, and lowveld.
Ex: Wendy and Peter imagine a veldt every time they enter the nursery.
Ray Bradbury: Short Stories Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Ray Bradbury: Short Stories is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I think it was directed towards a contemporary audience of the times. As society became increasingly technological, our relationships with it become more complex. The story is surprisingly relevant for our times too.
The Emperor explains to the flier that he fears that an evil man will manipulate the technology and destroy its beauty - for instance using the flying machine to throw rocks down upon the Great Wall of China. The Emperor says to the inventor,...