Movies, television, and videos[ edit ] The Spy also released as The Bridge was a silent movie adaptation of the story, directed in by Charles Vidor.
Some loose boards laid upon the sleepers supporting the metals 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.
He wondered what it was, and whether immeasurably distant or near by--it seemed both. These movements left the condemned man and the sergeant standing on the two ends of the same plank, which spanned three of the cross-ties of the bridge. The end upon which the civilian stood almost, but not quite, reached a fourth.
The road is wide but strangely empty. Overhead, as he looked up through this rift in the wood, shone great golden stars looking unfamiliar and grouped in strange constellations. He quickly removes a piece of metal that sticks in his neck.
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. He was conscious of motion.
He watches a piece of driftwood being carried downstream and notes how sluggish the stream seems to be. That is a good gun. He looked at the forest on the bank of the stream, saw the individual trees, the leaves and the veining of each leaf--saw the very insects upon them: They were in silhouette against the blue sky.
Farquhar then hears the lieutenant instructing his men to fire, so he dives down to avoid the shots. He was still sinking, for the light became fainter and fainter until it was a mere glimmer.
As these thoughts pass through his brain, the sergeant steps off of the back of a board on which the man is balanced over the water, and the condemned planter falls toward the stream, the noose tight around his neck. Doubtless, despite his suffering, he had fallen asleep while walking, for now he sees another scene--perhaps he has merely recovered from a delirium.
The soldiers begin to shoot at him in the water, missing his face by mere inches. Copyright Super Summary. 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. My home, thank God, is as yet outside their lines; my wife and little ones are still beyond the invader's farthest advance.
He was a civilian, if one might judge from his habit, which was that of a planter. Just before he is about to hold her, he sees a blinding light and then nothing. The film The Descent from has a similar final act. The captain had drawn his pistol, but did not fire; the others were unarmed.
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 travels on, urged by the thought of his wife and children despite the pains caused by his ordeal.
He was a Federal scout. Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Plot Summary. Learn more about An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge with a detailed plot summary and plot. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge By Ambrose Bierce They have reached the Owl Creek bridge, put it in order and built a stockade on the “How far is it to the Owl Cree k bridge?” Fahrquhar asked.
“About thirty miles.” “Is there no force on this side of the creek?” “Only a picket post half a mile out, on the railroad, and a. "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" summary key points: Under guard, Peyton Farquhar stands on Owl Creek Bridge and has a noose around his neck.
Summary of 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' by Ambrose Bierce is a famous short story set during the Civil War that utilizes the frame story technique. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce. Set during the American Civil War, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek" is Bierce's most famous short story.
It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in It then appeared in Bierce's collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians. The story begins with a simple tableau (a grouping of silent figures), kind of like you might see in a movie: a man and his executioners stand on a railroad bridge in Alabama.
The Civil War is on and military justice is about to be served; the only spectators are a handful of soldiers.A plot summary of ambrose bierces an occurrence at awl creek bridge