267.1â€“29 In the townâ€¦wealth.] A single leaf from the Ignorant Armies grouping of novel fragments, dating from approximately 1947, contains an early and very approximate draft of this passage from â€śThe Smile.â€ť
270.29â€“271.33 At lastâ€¦confetti.] Two continuous fragment leaves from the 1947 Ignorant Armies nest represent a very early version of the Mona Lisa desecration scene that stands at the center of â€śThe Smile.â€ť These leaves contain a parallel but somewhat distanced variation, without the boy who is at the center of the narrative of â€śThe Smile.â€ť
272.5â€“33 At sunsetâ€¦morning] Bradbury used a shorter, early draft of this closing scene as a tentative closing chapter for the 1947 Ignorant Armies novel project. The story was reintegrated as a stand-alone narrative when the larger project was abandoned.