This short story opens with a single house among ruins. The smart house continues to run through its daily programs designed to assist the owners.
The entire west face of the house was charred, save for five places..... The five spots of white paint-the man, the woman, the children,the ball-remained (Bradbury 724)
"Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree, If mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn Would scarcely know that we were gone."
The protagonist (the house) continued to cook and clean for the absent residents. "Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted." (Bradbury 724)
The family dog was the only survivor of the terrible event that took this family. But eventually starved and suffering from radition, he too passed away. "The dog frothed at the mouth, lying at the door, sniffing, its eyes turned to fire. It ran wildly in circles, biting at its tail, spun in a frenzy, and died." (Bradbury 725)
During the "children's hour" the house runs baths for the kiddos and entertains them with images of jungle animals. Though they are no longer there. At bedtime the house reads a favorite poem by Sara Teasdale.
"At ten o'clock the house began to die" (Bradbury 726) A tree crashed through the kitchen window starting a kitchen fire that quickly spread through the whole house. In a latch ditch effort, the house went crazy trying to save itself. Finally, the automated systems and the house were damaged beyond repair. One wall was left standing repeating the date over and over.