In the story, a mother and father struggle with their technologically advanced home taking over their role as parents, and their children becoming uncooperative as a result of their lack of discipline. The Hadley family lives in an automated house called “The Happylife Advanced american short stories pdf”, filled with machines that do every task. The parents, George and Lydia, begin to wonder if there is something wrong with their way of life. Lydia tells George, “That’s just it.
I feel like I don’t belong here. The house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid. Can I give a bath and scrub the children as efficiently or quickly as the automatic scrub bath can? There they also find recreations of their personal belongings and hear strangely familiar screams. The children, reliant on the nursery, beg their parents to let them have one last visit, who give in and allow Peter and Wendy more time in the nursery. When the parents come to fetch them, the children lock George and Lydia into the nursery with the pride of lions.