The Damned Thing
The Damned Thing

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The Damned Thing


Author:
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

Genre:
Classical prose


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The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce I. One Does Not Always Eat What is on the Table By the light of a tallow candle which had been placed on one end of a rough table a man was reading something written in a book. It was an old legible, for the man sometimes held the page close to the flame of the candle to get a stronger light on it. The shadow of the book would then throw into obscurity a half of the moon, darkening a number of faces and figures; for besides the reader, eight other men were present. Seven of them sat against the rough log walls, silent, motionless, and the room being small, not very far from the table. By extending an arm any one of them could have touched the eighth man, who lay on the table, face upward, partly covered by a sheet, his arms at his sides. He was dead.

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