The Green Curve and Other Stories by Ernest Dunlop SwintonThe Green Curve and Other Stories by Ernest Dunlop Swinton

The Green Curve and Other Stories

byErnest Dunlop Swinton

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... One Night ""Elpme! O'elp me, Ikonas!' This way the... M. I.!"--Rcdtabd Kipling. I There was another gust of wind and the suspended pots and pans rattled while the wires of the entanglement creaked dismally against the posts. No. 4 sentry--Private Angus M'Murdo--standing in the two inches of water collected in his trench, shivered again. On this foul night many thousands of men and animals were shivering out in the open as the wind and rain swept over the bleak plateau of the late Oranje Vrij Staat--that state which, with splendid irony, possessed a tree for its crest. The sentry was one of a picquet in the outpost line of the little township of Donkerstad, O. R. C. The period was during the height of the "Christian era," before the blockhouse age and after the famous guerilla leader had made his series of attacks on the communications of the British army, when the name of De Wet was a bugbear to all detached posts on or off the "L. of C." In reality almost ubiquitous, to some imaginations he was all-pervading. The rain having increased with the wind, the hissing sound of the drops in the grass had grown louder: it seemed now to melt away into infinity, across miles and miles of open veldt. For any one on the lookout, this impalpable noise was bewildering: it was like a sound fog; but far worse to any one who was attempting to listen for the approach of mounted men was the monotonous tattoo which had again commenced somewhere in the entanglement. Hanging conveniently under a barb, which served as a gargoyle for the collected raindrops on the wire, was an empty lobster tin. "Tup-tup-tuptup-tup..." M'Murdo swore. It was dark as the inside of a cow; there was no sky-line; the only sense upon which he could depend was that of hearing. The rain and the creaking...
Title:The Green Curve and Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217761747

ISBN - 13:9780217761741