Zero Hour

by

Ray Bradbury

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Helen is Mrs. Morris’s friend who lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her son, Tim, is also crazy about the Invasion game, which is the story’s first indication that something serious and widespread is going on. Like Mrs. Morris, Helen doesn’t take her child seriously and even goes so far as to say that “Parents learn to shut their ears” to their children’s rambling.
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Helen Character Timeline in Zero Hour

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“Zero Hour”
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At 4:00 P.M., Mrs. Morris receives a video call from her friend Helen, who lives in Pennsylvania. Both women admit they’re feeling tired because of their children. Sighing,... (full context)
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...“Japs and Nazis.” Mrs. Morris says she can’t believe her parents put up with her. Helen says that “Parents learn to shut their ears.” Mrs. Morris goes quiet, lost in thought.... (full context)
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Helen says her son, Tim, has a crush on a boy named Drill, and Mrs. Morris... (full context)
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...hour” is at 5:00 P.M., so she has to hurry. Still on the video call, Helen laughs and says that Tim was playing with the same yo-yo that morning but wouldn’t... (full context)
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...intensifies, and the video phone begins to ring “insistently, alarmingly, violently.” Mrs. Morris thinks it’s Helen calling. (full context)