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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Some consider the titular characters cowards- after all, it's not like they do anything to actually ''help'' the child. At most, they're conscientious objectors.
* {{Applicability}}: The story can be considered a commentary on everything from sweatshops to the bystander effect.
* AwesomeMoments: "They keep walking, and walk straight out of the city of Omelas, through the beautiful gates..."
* ItWasHisSled[=/=]AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: At this point, the plot twist of the work is probably as well known as the work itself. This is probably because the child is a WalkingSpoiler.
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