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The Cold Snap

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Author: Edward Bellamy
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,745 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 667
Added to site: 2007.09.26
mnybks.net#: 18321
Genre: Short Story
Excerpt

y appeared in the streets, and, as there were intervening houses, we could not see what became of the inmates. The very slight interest which this threatening conflagration aroused in our minds was doubtless a mark of the already stupefying effect of the cold. Even our voices had become weak and altered.

The cold is a sad enemy to beauty. My poor wife and Ella, with their pinched faces, strained, aching expression, red, rheumy eyes and noses, and blue or pallid cheeks were sad parodies on their comely selves. Other forces of nature have in them something the spirit of man can sympathize with, as the wind, the waves, the sun; but there is something terribly inhuman about the cold. I can imagine it as a congenial principle brooding over the face of chaos in the aeons before light was.

Hours had passed, it might have been years, when father said, "Let us pray." He knelt down, and we all mechanically followed his example, as from childhood up we had done at morning and evening. Ever before, the act

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2007.09.27
Cheryl
*****

Very descriptive short story about a family getting through a winter of very low temperatures. Good psychological study on the effects of extreme weather on people. The writing is such that I could feel the biting cold as though I were there with them. Recommended.


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