By: Charlotte Beggs 1 st Hour Cummins. S etting. S. Future England. This is a picture of a future city and this is what I imagine the Bell ’ s town to look like.
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1st Hour Cummins
This is a picture of a future city and this is what I imagine the Bell’s town to look like.
This book takes place in the future, at the end of the 20th century. It is set in England. I know it is from the future because there are robots everywhere and everything is high tech in the Bell’s society. I also know it if from the future because Grumps, a robot in the book, tells us that his robot ancestors dated all the way back to the 21st century.
This is a picture of the Bell’s house. I imagined it with two floors and to be a little smaller.
The main setting in the book is the Bell’s house. This is where they all live. The center of the house is an atrium, or courtyard. The atrium is paved with brick and full of plants and flowers. The house is built of glass and steel. It was designed by Mr. Bell who is an architect. After the atrium, there is a wide opening onto the ground-level rooms. There is a half landing with an office, exercise room and study area, and bedrooms and bathrooms were on the top floor.
This is a picture of the learning center. I imagine the main building to look like this.
The learning center is where Fleur and Gavin go to school. It is very different compared to schools today. As you approach it, there is a wide stone gateway with humans and robots carved into it. There are many buildings, one for each subject in school.
This is a picture of Marcia’s house. Since she is a technocrat I imagine it to be a lot bigger than the Bell’s house.
Marcia’s father is a technocrat. A technocrat, in this book, is a scientist who creates robots. Technocrats are very rich people, therefore she has a big house. It is very similar to the Bell’s house, but it is much bigger and has more of the latest technology.
This is a picture of Mrs. Bell’s Hotel. They described it as a large stone building like this.
Mrs. Bell is the General manager of a huge hotel in the city. This is where part of the climax took place. In the book it describes the hotel of a huge stone building with balconies on each floor.
This is how I imagine Eager. I took this off of the cover of the book. He has rubber tire structures for his arms and legs as shown here.
This is how I imagine Grumps. He was an older robot so he wasn’t as up to date as Eager was.
This is how I imagine Gavin. He was about 11 years old and had blonde hair with a buzz cut.
This is how I imagine Fleur. She looked like a very shy teenager. She has blonde hair and gray eyes.
This is how I imagine Marcia. She was very pretty and full of herself because her parents were rich.
This is a picture of Boadicea the famous queen of the British Iceni. I am guessing Boadicea the robot was designed to look like her.
1) “…her long limbs sculptured like the statue of a Greek goddess.” (Page 25)
The Tomato Soup Grumps served for Breakfast.
The ocean simulation at Marcia’s house.
The washer that Eager tried to put Charlotte into.
The pink pot Marcia wanted to show Gavin.
The robbers tried to take Gavin’s watch and his gym bag.
The BDC4s lined up as if to go to war
Climax- The point of the story where everything changes. All of the conflicts are solved.
The BDC4s were wearing bath robes.
Grumps was bulldozed by a lorry.
Eager and Professor Ogden get a flying pod and start to follow the BDC4s. It looked as if they were going toward the coast. That’s when Professor Ogden remembered that one of the brains of the robots was a sailor’s brain. He thought that maybe they were going to the coast to recreate a memory from the sailors life. He was indeed correct. As they got closer, Eager started to sense the BDC4s frequencies. The flying pod landed. They were on a beach. Eager could sense the robots in the distance. He started to walk toward them. He sensed he was on a cliff. It was pitch black outside. He stretched his arms out to their fullest and grabbed Mr. Lobsang. He started to push all of the BDC4s off the cliff until they were gone. The BDC4s were gone and all was well.
This is a picture to represent Eager fighting off the BDC4s.
This picture is to represent Eager getting caught.
This picture is to represent Boadicea taking Marcia’s family hostage
This picture represents a flying pod.
Fleur and Marcia got in a fight because Fleur felt that Marcia was ignoring her.
This is a picture to represent Eager in great thought.
Gavin’s idea was turned down by everyone who he told.
Throughout the book the author questions what it really means to be alive, using robots. Are robots human or are they just machines? For example: In the Epilogue, Eager was talking to the gobetween (computer simulation) and was telling it: “Humans have something I’ll never have. It’s mysterious, some sort of life force. Yet they take it for granted. It’s the same life force as the trees and the birds and the rocks have…” (page 280) Another example from the book is in the beginning when grumps served tomato soup for breakfast. Mrs. Bell didn’t want to hurt Grumps feelings, but Gavin reminded her that Grumps didn’t have feelings because he was a robot.
This is a picture to represent that robots can’t have feelings. They are not like humans.
After the BDC4s are shut down, the city goes back to normal. Eager was hurt while helping shut down the BDC4s, so Professor Ogden replaced several parts of his body. The Bell’s went to see if Eager remembered them or if he had any brain damage. They entered the little room he was kept in and immediately ran over to them. Eager was okay and had no brain damage. He went back to live with the bells as their new butler. All was well.
This is a picture to represent Mrs. Bell asking if Eager remembers her and the family.