In the past week, I have read from page 68 to 180 of Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. A chapter that stood out to me while reading was where William Forrester and Miss. Helen Loomis meet. Their encounters suggest a growing but limited relationship due to their vast age difference. William, almost 50 years younger than Helen, is fascinated and drawn in by her wisdom while William reminds Helen of the man she had once loved. Their relationship is strained due to its immorality. However, Helen soon dies, resolving this conflict in a way and leaves William a letter which suggests she has similar feelings towards him.
Ray Bradbury includes many metaphors in this book. Some chapters are connected through the mention of a serial killer named the Lonely One. Bradbury maintains a mood of excitement and curiosity in his book, represented by summer and all the joys associated with this season. But he contradicts the symbol of summer through depressing and somewhat frightening events, such as the murder of Elizabeth Ramsell. Also, at the end of the the chapter with William Forrester and Helen Loomis, Charlie deems William as the Lonely One, saying "You know who lives here?...The Lonely One" (Bradbury 157). Bradbury tends to be vague at times and his words signify a superior theme.