Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed

by

Ray Bradbury

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Cora Bittering is the wife of Harry Bittering and the mother of Dan, Laura, and David Bittering. Like Harry, she is at first very attached to objects and routines from Earth. However, she succumbs to the changes wrought by the Martian environment, both physical and mental, more quickly than her husband. She even helps persuade Harry to give up his obsession with Earthly things, encouraging him to eat food that has been grown on Mars and to forgo building his rocket. Cora helps Harry to accept the changes that he and his family have undergone, and to give up his futile desire to return to earth. By the end of the story, she, like Harry, has forgotten all her ties to Earth, effectively becoming a Martian.

Cora Bittering Quotes in Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed

The Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed quotes below are all either spoken by Cora Bittering or refer to Cora Bittering. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Avon Books edition of Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed published in 1990.
Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed Quotes

Lying abed, Mr. Bittering felt his bones shifted, shaped, melted like gold. His wife, lying beside him, was dark from many sunny afternoons. Dark she was, and golden-eyed, burnt almost black by the sun, sleeping, and the children metallic in their beds, and the wind roaring forlorn and changing through the old peach trees, the violet grass, shaking out green rose petals.

Related Characters: Harry Bittering, Cora Bittering
Related Symbols: Gold, Wind and Mist
Page Number: 291
Explanation and Analysis:

“Cora, how long have your eyes been yellow?” She was bewildered. “Always, I guess.” “They didn’t change from brown in the last three months?” She bit her lips. “No. Why do you ask?” “Never mind.”

Related Characters: Harry Bittering (speaker), Cora Bittering (speaker)
Related Symbols: Gold
Page Number: 292
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cora Bittering Character Timeline in Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed

The timeline below shows where the character Cora Bittering appears in Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...the old ruins. He impulsively suggests that the family return to Earth, but his wife Cora, encourages him to have a positive outlook. They walk into town from the rocket, with... (full context)
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...represents a reassuring tie to the world of Earth that they have left behind, although Cora indicates that the connection is more tenuous than Harry might like. She brings up the... (full context)
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Cora finally encourages Harry to pause his work on the rocket and join the family for... (full context)
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...should return, they ultimately remain in the villa, having forgotten everything about Earth. He and Cora reflect on how “odd” and “ridiculous” the houses of the “ugly” Earth people are, and... (full context)