Once well across the bridge, and turning up the hill, I saw Ward on the parapet, with his arms flung up, trying wildly to save himself by leaping into the river. Next instant he shrivelled I think, as the beggar had shrivelled; and it is to this complete combustion before the lava flood reached the an excerpt from the story: I rode for very life, with grim death behind me. Next instant he shrivelled I think, as the beggar had shrivelled; and it is to this complete combustion before the lava flood reached them that I attribute the circumstance so much commented upon in the scientific excavations among the ruins that no cast of dead bodies, like those at Pompeii, have anywhere been found in the Thames Valley Desert.
My own belief is that every human body was reduced to a gaseous condition by the terrific heat several seconds before the molten basalt reached it. Even at the distance which I had now attained from the central mass, indeed, the heat was intolerable. Yet, strange to say, I saw few or no people flying as yet from the inundation. The fact is, the eruption came upon us so suddenly, so utterly without warning or premonitory symptoms for I deny the earthquake shocks , that whole towns must have been destroyed before the inhabitants were aware that anything out of the common was happening.
It is a sort of alleviation to the general horror to remember that a large proportion of the victims must have died without even knowing it; one second, they were laughing, talking, bargaining; the next, they were asphyxiated or reduced to ashes as you have seen a small fly disappear in an incandescent gas flame. This, however, is what I learned afterward. At that moment, I was only aware of a frantic pace uphill, over a rough, stony road, and with my pedals working as I had never before worked them; while behind me, I saw purgatory let loose, striving hard to overtake me.
I just knew that a sea of fire was filling the valley from end to end, and that its heat scorched my face as I urged on my bicycle in abject terror. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , 29 pages. Published September 5th by Evergreen Review, Inc. More Details Original Title.
Title: The Thames Valley Catastrophe Author: Grant Allen * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: dynipalo.tk Edition: 1 Language: English. Start by marking “The Thames Valley Catastrophe” as Want to Read: Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen (February 24, – October 25, ) was a science writer and novelist, and a successful upholder of the theory of evolution. He was born near Kingston, Canada West (now incorporated.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 29, Emma rated it really liked it. A novella about a massive volcanic event in the Thames valley: the narrator escapes on his bicycle, pedalling to London with an all-consuming wall of fire just minutes behind him. The juxtaposition of the peaceful countryside he passes through with the coming disaster is quite surreal, and well-described. I just wished this story was longer.
Apr 20, Colin Gerber rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction. An interesting story about a catastrophic event and how it affected on man. The story flowed well and was enjoyable to read. May 14, Marts Thinker rated it really liked it. Strange and unexpected disaster in the Thames Valley Jan 25, Lucy rated it it was amazing.
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