"THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal... Some things about living still weren't quite right...the H-G men took George and Hazel Bergeron's fourteen-year-old son, Harrison, away."
"George was toying with the vague notion that maybe dancers shouldn't be handicapped. But he didn't get very far with it before another noise in his ear radio scattered his thoughts."
' "Harrison Bergeron, age fourteen," she said in a grackle squawk, "has just escaped from jail…" '
"Harrison tore the straps of his handicap harness like wet tissue paper, tore straps guaranteed to support five thousand pounds."
"It was then that Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper 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."
' "I forget," she said. "Something real sad on television." 'I think the ending is effective because it shows the thoughts and feelings of the Bergeron's after the whole situation occurred.