As to his head, he was conscious of nothing but a feeling of fullness - of congestion. Excepting the group of four at the center of the bridge, not a man moved.
He was on land! The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. But nothing hit him. The hunted man saw all this over his shoulder; he was now swimming vigorously with the current. A TV version of the story starring British actor Ronald Howard was telecast in during the fifth season of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television anthology series.
A whiz and a rattle of grapeshot among the branches high above his head roused him from his dream. With their greater infrequency the sounds increased in strength and sharpness.
And now he became conscious of a new disturbance. His wrists are bound behind his back, and around his neck is a noose that is tied to a beam overhead.
He was still sinking, for the light became fainter and fainter until it was a mere glimmer. His features were good - a straight nose, firm mouth, broad forehead, from which his long, dark hair was combed straight back, falling behind his ears to the collar of his well fitting frock coat.
Evidently this was no vulgar assassin. They hurt his ear like the trust of a knife; he feared he would shriek. What he heard was the ticking of his watch. The prisoner stood quietly. The captain stood with folded arms, silent, observing the work of his subordinates, but making no sign.
A fish slid along beneath his eyes and he heard the rush of its body parting the water. They have reached the Owl Creek bridge, put it in order and built a stockade on the north bank. He had been caught in a vortex and was being whirled on with a velocity of advance and gyration that made him giddy and sick.
A rope closely encircled his neck. I saw the order. The hunted man saw all this over his shoulder; he was now swimming vigorously with the current.
He has probably already given the command to fire at will.
He was a captain. And now he became conscious of a new disturbance.An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce.
Set during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" is Bierce's most famous short story. It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in It then appeared in Bierce's collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians.
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A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man's hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. In "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Ambrose Bierce gives us the closest thing we'll probably ever get to that firsthand account of dying – that is, until we die ourselves.
Death is a. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" () is a short story by the American writer and Civil War veteran Ambrose Bierce. Regarded as "one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature", Author: Ambrose Bierce.Download