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Many years ago, while in my earliest 20's, I read a short story that has haunted me since. I am 70 now, and keep looking for this one story. My husband had a small collection of paperback books featuring short sci-fi stories. All I can remember of this story was a man marooned on (Mars?). He was without food or water, and was dying because of this. He wandered into a long deserted city? settlement? seeking shade as well as food and water. There was a terrible noise, a clanging noise invading his senses. He found a room that had a low trough-like place. He suspected food had come from a faucet device attached to the trough. In his final weakness, he lay down in the trough and passed out. Then he came to, hearing glorious music where the awful, strident clanging noise had once been, and the trough he lay in delivered food to his waiting and upturned snout. So, in some way he was transformed by the planet, devices on the planet, something, to make him part of the society that used to be, and saved his life. Does ANYONE know the story I speak of?

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    "Enchanted Village" by A. E. van Vogt. It's been identified many times on this site. Hold on a minute and I'll give you a link. – user14111 Jan 28 '17 at 9:14
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    Click here to see the last time this question was asked and answered, and follow the links to find publication history, where you can find the story online, etc. – user14111 Jan 28 '17 at 9:17
  • Oh thank you, could it be possible my search is ended?! – Jean Fox Jan 28 '17 at 9:18
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    When you've made up your mind that this is the right story (I'm sure it is, you described it perfectly), kindly confirm by posting a comment, so we can close this question as a duplicate. Thanks! – user14111 Jan 28 '17 at 9:20
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    YES!!! This is it. Thank you so much user14111. I can't believe after close to 50 years of this hiding in bits and pieces in my mind, it is now within reach. Thank you, thank you! – Jean Fox Jan 28 '17 at 9:22