A Son of the Gods and A Horseman in the Sky

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Author: Ambrose Bierce
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,423 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.6
LoC Category: U
Downloads: 1,016
mnybks.net#: 1072
Genres: Short Story, War

Civil War stories.

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firing is infectious - and see how rapidly he moves, with never a pause except as he whirls his horse about to take a new direction, never directly backward toward us, never directly forward toward his executioners. All this is visible through the glass; it seems occurring within pistol-shot; we see all but the enemy, whose presence, whose thoughts, whose motives we infer. To the unaided eye there is nothing but a black figure on a white horse, tracing slow zigzags against the slope of a distant hill - so slowly they seem almost to creep.

Now - the glass again - he has tired of his failure, or sees his error, or has gone mad; he is dashing directly forward at the wall, as if to take it at a leap, hedge and all! One moment only and he wheels right about and is speeding like the wind straight down the slope - toward his friends, toward his death! Instantly the wall is topped with a fierce roll of smoke for a distance of hundreds of yards to, right and left. This is as instantly dissipated by the wind, a

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