"In the living room the voice-clock sang, Tick-tock, seven o'clock, time to get up, time to get up,seven o 'clock! as if it were afraid that nobody would. The morning house lay empty. The clockticked on, repeating and repeating its sounds into the emptiness. Seven-nine, breakfast time, seven-nine."
The Child's playroom
"A small boy, hands flung into the air; higher up, the image of a thrown ball, andopposite him a girl, hands raised to catch a ball which never came down."
The magically manipulated kitchen
"A dog whined, shivering, on the front porch."
A house that blazes on fire
"Animals took shape: yellow giraffes, blue lions, pink antelopes, lilac panthers cavorting in crystalsubstance. The walls were glass."
"Six, seven, eight o'clock. The dinner dishes manipulated like magic tricks, and in the study a click.In the metal stand opposite the hearth where a fire now blazed up warmly, a cigar popped out, halfan inch of soft gray ash on it, smoking, waiting."
"Fire!" screamed a voice. The house lights flashed, water pumps shot water from the ceilings. Butthe solvent spread on the linoleum, licking, eating, under the kitchen door, while the voices took itup in chorus: "Fire, fire, fire!"