“Ladies and gentlemen” said the ballerina, reading the bulletin. (3)
"THE YEAR WAS 2081...the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron’s fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away...Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence...And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. George and Hazel were watching television. There were tears on Hazel’s cheeks, but she’d forgotten for the moment what they were about. On the television screen were ballerinas." (1)
"Clanking, clownish, and huge, Harrison stood in the center of the studio.The knob of the uprooted studio door was still in his hand. Ballerinas, technicians, musicians, and announcers cowered on their knees before him, expecting to die." (4)
“I am the Emperor!” cried Harrison. “Do you hear? I am the Emperor! Everybody must do what I say atonce!” He stamped his foot and the studio shook.“Even as I stand here –” he bellowed, “crippled, hobbled, sickened – I am a greater ruler than any manwho ever lived! Now watch me become what I can become!” (4)
"And then, in an explosion of joy and grace, into the air they sprang!Not only were the laws of the land abandoned, but the law of gravity and the laws of motion as well. They reeled, whirled, swiveled, flounced, capered, gamboled, and spun.It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, theHandicapper General, came into the studio with a double- barreled ten-gauge shotgun. She fired twice, and the Emperor and the Empress were dead before they hit the floor." (5)
"It was then that the Bergerons’ television tube burned out.Hazel turned to comment about the blackout to George.But George had gone out into the kitchen for a can of beer.George came back in with the beer, paused while a handicap signal shook him up." (5)
“Forget sad things,” said George. “I always do,” said Hazel. “That’s my girl,” said George. He winced. There was the sound of a riveting gun in his head. “Gee – I could tell that one was a doozy,” said Hazel. “You can say that again,” said George. “Gee –” said Hazel, “I could tell that one was a doozy.” (5) I think this ending to the story is effective because it shows how this dystopian society has effected the minds and actions of these people, especially Hazel and George, who seem to be ok with their own son die on tv and move on easily.