The April Witch

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"The April Witch"
Author Ray Bradbury
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Fantasy short story
Published in The Saturday Evening Post
Publication type Newspaper
Media type Print
Publication date 5 April 1952

"The April Witch" is a fantasy short story by Ray Bradbury.[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

Cecy is a 17 year old girl born into a magical family. She has the ability to assimilate with other living plants or animals. Purely benevolent and innocent in nature, Cecy tells her parents that she wishes to feel love, despite their warning that she will lose her magical abilities if she marries a human. She does not heed their warning and merges her essence with a young woman named Ann. She forces Ann to attend a dance with Tom, a 22 year old man who has been interested in her for a while. However, Ann has no interest in Tom. Tom is aware of Ann's inconsistent behaviour during the dance. The story ends with Cecy becoming attracted to Tom and trying to arrange a meeting with Tom and her human form through Ann.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Boucher and McComas described the story as one of Bradbury's "reassuringly lovely flights of fancy".[1]

Publication history[edit]

The story was included in several of Bradbury's short story collections:[2]

This story was later assimilated into Bradbury's 2003 fix-up novel From the Dust Returned.[2]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Recommended Reading", F&SF, June 1953, p.70
  2. ^ a b Contento, William G. "Index". Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, Combined Edition. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Contento, William G. "Index". Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, Combined Edition. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 

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