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Ambrose Bierces short story transpires in Northern Alabama at Owl Creeks Bridge This bridge is used for railroads to crossover the river unearthed below The scenery as describes in the story is a forested area on a bright sunny day and carries over night until the next mourning This time frame is in the eyes of the main character Peyton Farquhar but in actuality the events in the story occurs in less than a day realistically in a few hours Farquhar is minutes from being hung from the Owl Creek Bridge Surrounding him in this formal hanging is the Army which consists of two private soldiers a Sergeant an armed uniformed Captain sentinels and an observing single company of infantry with riffles at ease Farquhar is a 35 year-old civilian planter who is a slave owner and possesses a straight nose firm mouth broad forehead mustache a pointed beard and colossal dark gray eyes He is also an active politician and is married with children Farquhar is being executed for his actions by the Army in an almost ceremonial manner for violating the orders of a commandant that stated Any civilian that is caught interfering with the rail road its bridges tunnels or trains will be summarily hung The storys viewpoint switches from a narrator to Farquhar himself and the transition takes place as Farquhar feels the noose snap and his body hurl to the stream underneath He manages to unrestrained his hand from the rope after being submerged under water and immediately attempts to free his neck but elected not to because it was keeping water from invading his lungs He propels himself up to the surface and then frees his neck Looking up above him he could see his executioners pointing and shouting at him While gathering his surroundings he hears the excruciating sounds of bullets entering the water and splashing mist in his face He glares up once again to see a
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