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s21d
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:39:48 AM
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Why was Sakkaro boy's act of playing game compared to chinese water torture n 'rain rain go away' by Issac Asimov?

Please help.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:50:02 AM

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You need to give more data.

What was happening, why, what was said? What game? Who?

I may have read this story, but it was probably forty years ago.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Blodybeef
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:59:26 AM

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Dear s21d,

If you inform us regarding the name of the story...

we need more context.

Kind regards,

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." ― C.S. Lewis
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:30:01 AM

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'Chinese water torture' is not violent torture. Not sharp spikes or hot coals or crushing rocks. It is using the power of dripping water on your head, over a long period of time, to hurt you.

It has come to mean anything that is not terrible in itself, but it drives you crazy because it keeps going - it never stops. Like the sound of a tap dripping - each drop is not that loud, but it just keeps dripping, and that is what drives you crazy.


So, how do you think the next-door-neighbour's son bouncing his ball against the wall makes you feel, when that is all he does?

Quote:
Bang on the wall, biff on the ground, smack in the hand. Bang, biff, smack, bang, biff—”


For hours, and hours and hours....



The story is 'Rain, Rain, Go Away' by Asimov. The OP is missing the 'i' in 'in' so that is not quite clear.
s21d
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:03:19 AM
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"There she is again,” said Lillian Wright as she adjusted the venetian blinds1
carefully. “There
she is, George.”
“There who is?” asked her husband, trying to get satisfactory contrast on the TV so that
he might settle down to the ball game.
“Mrs. Sakkaro,” she said, and then, to forestall her husband’s inevitable “Who’s that?”
added hastily, “The new neighbors, for goodness sake.”
“Oh.”
“Sunbathing. Always sunbathing. I wonder where her boy is. He’s usually out on a nice
day like this, standing in that tremendous yard of theirs and throwing the ball against the
house. Did you ever see him, George?”
“I’ve heard him. It’s a version of the Chinese water torture.2
Bang on the wall, biff on the
ground, smack in the hand. Bang, biff, smack, bang, biff—”
“He’s a nice boy, quiet and well-behaved. I wish Tommie would make friends with him.

Here is the context. I wonder why the author has compared the boy's act of playing the game to Chinese water torture.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:18:37 AM

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It is as thar says.

Chinese water torture is a slow, continual drip, drip of water onto the person'r head.



The Sakkaros boy, bouncing his ball, had a similar effect.
It was "Bang, biff, smack, bang, biff, smack . . ." instead of "drip, drip, drip . . ."

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