Summary and Analysis: The October Country The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse””

In this story, Bradbury’s critical eye depicts the intellectual stagnation that a materialistic, keep-up-with-the-Joneses society is capable of producing. Also, through weird, dull George Garvey, Bradbury characterizes a segment of society which sorely needs love, for there is no limit to what Garvey will do to gain approval of Alexander Pape and his Cellar Septet.