The Thames Valley Catastrophe

The Thames Valley Catastrophe an excerpt from the story I rode for very life with grim death behind me 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

  • Title: The Thames Valley Catastrophe
  • Author: Grant Allen
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Thames Valley Catastrophe

    an excerpt from the story I rode for very life, with grim death behind me 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 thean excerpt from the story I rode for very life, with grim death behind me 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 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.

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    One thought on “The Thames Valley Catastrophe

    1. Emma

      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.

    2. Colin Gerber

      An interesting story about a catastrophic event and how it affected on man. The story flowed well and was enjoyable to read.

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