The power of thought was restored; he knew that the rope had broken and he had fallen into the stream. A rope closely encircled his neck.
To die of hanging at the bottom of a river! Farquhar is dead, his broken body actually swinging from the side of the Owl Creek bridge. His neck ached horribly; his brain was on fire; his heart, which had been fluttering faintly, gave a great leap, trying to force itself out at his mouth.
Being a slave owner and like other slave owners a politician he was naturally an original secessionist and ardently devoted to the Southern cause.
The liberal military code makes provision for hanging many kinds of persons, and gentlemen are not excluded. They seemed like streams of pulsating fire heating him to an intolerable temperature. The bridge is bordered on one side by forest and, across the stream, open ground that gives way to a small hillock on which a small fort has been erected.
As he escapes the Union forces and finds the road home to his plantation, his neck hurts him and the road disappears from underneath his feet. This plank had been held in place by the weight of the captain; it was now held by that of the sergeant.
He looked a moment at his "unsteadfast footing," then let his gaze wander to the swirling water of the stream racing madly beneath his feet. The black bodies of the trees formed a straight wall on both sides, terminating on the horizon in a point, like a diagram in a lesson in perspective.
It was as wide and straight as a city street, yet it seemed untraveled. Some loose boards laid upon the ties supporting the rails of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners -- two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff.
His neck was in pain and lifting his hand to it found it horribly swollen. He unclosed his eyes and saw again the water below him. The moment of horror that the readers experience at the end of the piece, when they realize that he dies, reflects the distortion of reality that Farquhar encounters.
He looked a moment at his "unsteadfast footing," then let his gaze wander to the swirling water of the stream racing madly beneath his feet. Nevertheless, this one had missed.
When he is hung and dies.
The soldiers had almost finished reloading; the metal ramrods flashed all at once in the sunshine as they were drawn from the barrels, turned in the air, and thrust into their sockets.
A counter-swirl had caught Fahrquhar and turned him half round; he was again looking at the forest on the bank opposite the fort.
He wore a moustache and pointed beard, but no whiskers; his eyes were large and dark gray, and had a kindly expression which one would hardly have expected in one whose neck was in the hemp.An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by: Ambrose Bierce "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a short story by Ambrose Bierce that was first published in In section I, Peyton Farquhar is standing on a railroad bridge, twenty feet above the water.
His wrists are bound behind his back, and around his neck is a noose that is tied to a beam overhead. He is positioned on loose planks that have been laid over the crossties of the train tracks to create a makeshift platform. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is Bierce's crowning achievement, a masterpiece of subtle and controlled irony.
Even though nothing else that Bierce wrote reached its level of artistry and power, with it he touched the level of Swift and Mark Twain, and it justifies the recognition accorded to genius.". Inthe DVD Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories was released, which contains adaptations of three of Ambrose Bierce's short stories, among them "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" directed by Brian James Egan.
The DVD also contains an extended version of the story with more background and detail than the one included in the trilogy. Introduction & Overview of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Ambrose Bierce This Study Guide consists of approximately 34 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' by Ambrose Bierce is a 19th Century mystery story that is set at the time of the American Civil War () when the Slave owning Confederate States in the South engaged in conflict with the Federal Government of the USA.Download