It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in Military bridge constructed over the Tennessee River, Military bridge constructed over the Tennessee River, I A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below.
In section I, Peyton Farquhar is standing on a railroad bridge, Occurrence at owl creek bridge 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.
Two soldiers from the Northern army, a sergeant, and a captain immediately surround him, awaiting the execution. Beyond them, armed sentinels stand at attention.
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.
A motionless company of infantrymen, led by their lieutenant, stands assembled before the fort. As the two soldiers finalize the preparations, they step back and remove the individual planks on which they had been standing.
The sergeant salutes the captain then positions himself on the opposite end of the board supporting Farquhar, as the captain, like the soldiers, steps off and away from the crossties. Farquhar stares into the swirling water below.
He watches a piece of driftwood being carried downstream and notes how sluggish the stream seems to be. He shuts his eyes to push away the distractions of his present situation and focus more intently on thoughts of his wife and children.
He suddenly hears a sharp, metallic ringing, which sounds both distant and close by. The sound turns out to be the ticking of his watch. Opening his eyes and peering again into the water, Farquhar imagines freeing his hands, removing the noose, and plunging into the stream, swimming to freedom and his home, safely located outside enemy lines.
In section II, we learn that Farquhar was a successful planter, ardently devoted to the Southern cause. One evening in the past, Farquhar and his wife were sitting on the edge of their property when a gray-clad soldier rode up, seeking a drink of water. The soldier appeared to be from the Confederate army.
While his wife was fetching the water, Farquhar asked for news of the front and was informed that Northern forces had repaired the railroads in anticipation of launching another advance, having already reached the Owl Creek bridge.
Farquhar asked how a civilian could attempt some form of sabotage.
captain; it was now held by that of the sergeant. At a signal from the former the latter would step aside, the plank would tilt and the condemned man go down between two ties. A short summary of Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Sep 10, · "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is a psychological thriller that takes many emotional turns and finally catches the audience off guard as it ends with an unsettling, macabre twist. Director: Brian James Egen/10(K).
The man, who was actually a Northern scout in disguise, finished his drink and rode off, only to pass by an hour later heading in the opposite direction. Section III brings us back to the present, at the hanging.
Farquhar loses consciousness as he plummets down from the side of the bridge. He is awakened by currents of pain running through his body.
A loud splash wakes him up even more abruptly, and he realizes that the noose has broken—sending him falling into the stream below. Farquhar sees a light flicker and fade before it strengthens and brightens as he rises, with some trepidation, to the surface.
He is afraid he will be shot by Northern soldiers as soon as he is spotted in the water. Freeing his bound hands, then lifting the noose from his neck, he fights extreme pain to break through the surface and take a large gasp of air, which he exhales with a shriek.
Farquhar looks back to see his executioners standing on the bridge, in silhouette against the sky. One of the sentinels fires his rifle at him twice. Farquhar then hears the lieutenant instructing his men to fire, so he dives down to avoid the shots.
He quickly removes a piece of metal that sticks in his neck.Feb 28, · There he saw Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge () and immediately hunted down the producers with an offer to buy it for a one-time showing for American TV.
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"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 . A short summary of Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
Mar 03, · An adaptation of Ambrose Bierce's short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" is the story of Peyton Farquhar, a rebel spy sentenced to death by hanging. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is divided into three sections.
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.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 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 .