All Summer in a Day: Summary and Analysis

The Story-line / Plot Summary

In ‘All summer in a day’, a group of school children live on planet Venus with their families, or in the author’s words, a group of rocket men and women who has gone to Venus to set up civilization. The children, mostly around 9 years old, are waiting eagerly for a special occasion; for the sun to come out. It has been raining continuously 7 years in Venus. And now the scientists of Venus have predicted that the sun will come out for a short period of time on that particular day, after that it’s 7 more years of continuous rain. You can imagine how overwhelmed and excited the kids must be feeling.

The sun had been out before once when the kids were just two years old so they don’t remember anything except a warmth like a blush on the face and something similar to a study lamp’s light. In other words, they literally don’t remember anything about it. But this is true for all the children except Margot, who’s resented by all the children. Margot, a thin & pale girl, used to live in Ohio (Earth) until she was five hence she still remembers the details and misses the sun badly. She’s always quite depressed for the same reason.

Margot was most excited to see the sun once again, to feel its warmth. She was standing near the window, waiting for the sun when a few boys taunt her saying it was all a joke and the sun’s never coming out while some others lock her in a cupboard when the teacher wasn’t present there.

The teachers returns and along with the children, they go to the tunnel’s exit. The rain finally stops and the sun comes out in all its glory. The kids run out into the lawn and enjoy the warmth of the sun but no one remembers Margot. After some time a kid screams as a big raindrop falls on her skin. They all look up at the sky and see that it’s raining again. They stand there for a moment, disappointed but at the same time happy with the experience, and return back to their classroom.

As they enter the hallway, one of the students reminds that they have forgotten to unlock Margot. They all feel bad for what they have done and anxiously they go to unlock her. Behind the doors, no noise was to be heard, they slowly open the door and Margot emerges. The story ends at this point.