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#211335 - 06/08/13 09:35 AM Re: you won'f recognize this, but you can easily find [Re: tsuwm]
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Yeah, but you had to read way down before you read it. smile

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#211449 - 06/18/13 10:14 PM Name the Author or the Story [Re: jenny jenny]
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Doubtless, despite his suffering, he had fallen asleep while walking, for now he sees another scene--perhaps he has merely recovered from a delirium. He stands at the gate of his own home. All is as he left it, and all bright and beautiful in the morning sunshine. He must have traveled the entire night. As he pushes open the gate and passes up the wide white walk, he sees a flutter of female garments; his wife, looking fresh and cool and sweet, steps down from the veranda to meet him. At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity. Ah, how beautiful she is! He springs forward with extended arms. As he is about to clasp her he feels a stunning blow upon the back of the neck; a blinding white light blazes all about him with a sound like the shock of a cannon--then all is darkness and silence!
Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the Owl Creek bridge

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#211454 - 06/19/13 08:07 AM Re: Name the Author or the Story [Re: jenny jenny]
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Ha! I know that one. First saw it on TV. Memory says it was on The Twilight Zone, but memory is incredibly unreliable in such situations.

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#211459 - 06/19/13 12:53 PM Re: Name the Author or the Story [Re: Faldage]
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Very good association, FD.
This short story (I looked it up) was the last Twilight Zone episode produced.
Here is another excerpt in an attempt to drag your cluttered mind into the now of 2013...

[He unclosed his eyes and saw again the water below him. "If I could free my hands," he thought, "I might throw off the noose and spring into the stream. By diving I could evade the bullets and, swimming vigorously, reach the bank, take to the woods and get away home. My home, thank God, is as yet outside their lines; my wife and little ones are still beyond the invader's farthest advance."
As these thoughts, which have here to be set down in words, were flashed into the doomed man's brain rather than evolved from it the captain nodded to the sergeant. The sergeant stepped aside.]

I call TIME on this one. GEEZ! frown
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce


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#211488 - 06/21/13 09:20 PM Re: Name the Author or the Story [Re: jenny jenny]
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Ok. This one should be easier...

... At that I suppose he raised up his face, a dimly pale oval in the shadow of the ship's side. But even then I could only barely make out down there the shape of his black-haired head. However, it was enough for the horrid, frost-bound sensation which had gripped me about the chest to pass off. The moment of vain exclamations was past, too. I only climbed on the spare spar and leaned over the rail as far as I could, to bring my eyes nearer to that mystery floating alongside.

As he hung by the ladder, like a resting swimmer, the sea lightning played about his limbs at every stir; and he appeared in it ghastly, silvery, fishlike. He remained as mute as a fish, too. He made no motion to get out of the water, either. It was inconceivable that he should not attempt to come on board, and strangely troubling to suspect that perhaps he did not want to. And my first words were prompted by just that troubled incertitude.

"What's the matter?" I asked in my ordinary tone, speaking down to the face upturned exactly under mine.

"Cramp," it answered, no louder. Then slightly anxious, "I say, no need to call anyone."

"I was not going to," I said.

"Are you alone on deck?"

"Yes."

I had somehow the impression that he was on the point of letting go the ladder to swim away beyond my ken--mysterious as he came. But, for the moment, this being appearing as if he had risen from the bottom of the sea (it was certainly the nearest land to the ship) wanted only to know the time. I told him. And he, down there, tentatively:

"I suppose your captain's turned in?"

"I am sure he isn't," I said.

He seemed to struggle with himself, for I heard something like the low, bitter murmur of doubt. "What's the good?" His next words came out with a hesitating effort.

"Look here, my man. Could you call him out quietly?"

I thought the time Had come to declare myself.

"I am the captain."

Time!

THE SECRET SHARER by Joseph Conrad



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#211510 - 06/24/13 12:58 PM Name the writer of the haiku [Re: jenny jenny]
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Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
of the rising moon.
_________________________Mizuta Masahide
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poet and samurai (1657-1723)





Edited by jenny jenny (06/25/13 08:45 PM)

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