"black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth, half coming out, half effaced within the dim light, in all the attitudes of pain, abandonment, and despair. another mine on the cliff went off, followed by a slight shudder of the soil under my feet. the work was going on. the work! and this was the place where some of the helpers had withdrawn to die. "black shapes sprawled around me, all clearly suffering. the ground shook from another explosion on the hill. the work was going on. the work! and this was where some of the workers had come to die. "they were dying slowly—it was very clear. they were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom. brought from all the recesses of the coast in all the legality of time contracts, lost in uncongenial surroundings, fed on unfamiliar food, they sickened, became inefficient, and were then allowed to crawl away and rest. these moribund shapes were free as air—and nearly as thin. i began to distinguish the gleam of the eyes under the trees. then, glancing down, i saw a face near my hand. the black bones reclined at full length with one shoulder against the tree, and slowly the eyelids rose and the sunken eyes looked up at me, enormous and vacant, a kind of blind, white flicker in the depths of the orbs, which died out slowly. the man seemed young—almost a boy—but you know with them it’s hard to tell. i found nothing else to do but to offer him one of my good swede’s ship’s biscuits i had in my pocket. the fingers closed slowly on it and held—there was no other movement and no other glance. he had tied a bit of white worsted round his neck—why? where did he get it? was it a badge—an ornament—a charm—a propitiatory act? was there any idea at all connected with it? it looked startling round his black neck, this bit of white thread from beyond the seas.
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Category: biomedicalengineering | Author: Ehud Raghnall
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