The Long Rain


Ray Bradbury

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The Venusians Character Analysis

The inhabitants of Venus, who live in Venus’ Single Sea. Although they never physically appear in the story, the Venusians have destroyed one of the Sun Domes the men find. Simmons, who knows the most about Venus and its people, believes that the Venusians captured the inhabitants of that Sun Dome and carried them off to the sea to be tortured and killed in a special eight-hour drowning procedure. Simmons explains to the lieutenant and Pickard that the Venusians hate Earth people and seek to destroy them by destroying Sun Domes. However, this particular Sun Dome was the first one they destroyed in five years, clearly waiting for the Earth people to grow complacent and unalert before striking.

The Venusians Quotes in The Long Rain

The The Long Rain quotes below are all either spoken by The Venusians or refer to The Venusians. 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 Simon & Schuster edition of The Long Rain published in 1981.
The Long Rain Quotes

The Sun Dome was empty and dark. There was no synthetic yellow sun floating in a high gaseous whisper at the center of the blue ceiling. There was no food waiting. It was cold as a vault. And through a thousand holes which had been newly punctured in the ceiling water streamed, the rain fell down, soaking into the thick rugs and the heavy modern furniture and splashing on the glass tables. The jungle was growing up like a moss in the room, on top of the bookcases and the divans. The rain slashed through the holes and fell upon the three men’s faces.

Related Characters: Lieutenant, Simmons, Pickard, The Venusians
Related Symbols: Sun Dome
Page Number: 87
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The Venusians Character Timeline in The Long Rain

The timeline below shows where the character The Venusians appears in The Long Rain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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One of the men blames the Venusians. Simmons explains that the Venusians live in the sea but periodically come out to attack... (full context)
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...Earth people are who used to live in this Dome, but Simmons answers that the Venusians must have brought them down to the sea—“I hear they have a delightful way of... (full context)