Thursday August 20th, 1992
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On her farm, Cora Gibbs watches her neighbor, Mrs. Brabbam, and then goes into the house where her husband Tom eats his breakfast. He finishes and goes out, and Cora checks on the cows. She notices Mrs. Brabbam going out to her mailbox and the neighbors exchange greetings. Mrs. Brabbam talks about the letter she received from her Uncle George, and gloats about how she gets mail and Cora doesn't. Cora looks out across the field and sees someone approaching. It's her nephew, Benjy. She greets him and he asks if he can stay awhile. Cora insists and takes him into the house, while Mrs. Brabbam watches from across the road...Read the full recap
Based on the Ray Bradbury story "The Great Wide World over There" also known as "Cora and the Great Wide World Over There". This story was first published in Maclean's (August 15, 1952).
Cora Gibbs: It seems I didn't spend enough time looking at your face.
Benjy: It's no face to look at it.
Cora Gibbs: But I'd know this hand in a million hands. Let anybody take my hand in a dark room, a thousand people, and out of all those I'd say, "This is Benjy's."
Changes from the short story:
* The episode ends on a much more positive note, as Benjy writes to Cora and teaches her how to read. In the short story, he leaves, never to be heard from again, and Cora never learns to read, as her mailbox falls into disuse.