GROUP DISCUSSION #3 - “Suffer the Little Children”

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The idiot is IN
Jun 15, 2007
Cambridge, Ohio
...this tale has been compared to the style of Ray Bradbury(maybe a whiff of Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed) , and while I see that-it also begs to have been made into a Twilight Zone episode...the easy answer to the question of nutso or alien is "she's battier than a church belfry", but I add my vote to those voting for "aliens"....and let me stretch that a bit more and bring up the thought-could they be offspring of Cthulhu?....

Doc Creed

Well-Known Member
Nov 18, 2015
United States
It just never has been a favorite of mine.
It's by no means my favorite, either. I enjoyed it for its straight-forward Bradbury style (as GNTLGNT said) but I like better the stories where King elicits that childlike marveling in me, stories like "The Monkey", "Uncle Otto's Truck", and "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut", to name a few from a different collection. He could write about a gumball machine and I'd be hooked. He's fearless; he asks himself the 'what if' question and, like Thad Beaumont sitting before his scratch pad at the sound of sparrows, he embarks on the mission to answer it, or die trying.

Marty Coslaw

Low-BDNF Gork
May 19, 2018
On occasion, I've read it and considered the teacher (Mrs. Sidley?) schizophrenic or mentally ill which is a more tragic interpretation, I think.
For sure. I think that thread is intentionally present until the very end of the story. Without that ambiguity, I think the story would come off as shallow and cheap, but instead, I think there's effective tension throughout, and then the satisfaction at the end when you find out the truth.
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