"By late afternoon, all the monkeys in Room H had been put to death. Behind the building, through the trees and down the hill, children ran in circles around their playhouse." (300)
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Answered by Aslan
Preston wants to juxtapose the horrid details of what is going on in the monkey house with the clueless public which is in close proximity. The children, and the rest of the population, could end up like the monkeys if the virus is not contained.