The War of the Worlds: Chapter 9
As I read Chapter 9, I could envision myself in the story more than any other chapter, thus far, because on p. 35 he wrote -
"I had slept but little, though my wife had succeeded in sleeping."
- and I thought, geez Louise...that is my husband and me. I would not be able to rest, my mind would be reeling, playing out scenarios, fretting, mentally prepping, etc and my man would be sawing logs on the pillow next to mine.
"It was a most unexceptional morning" (p. 35) has to be one of the best set-ups for what is soon to occur in this chapter!
First..."the woods...were still burning."
Second...the soldiers have arrived. (p. 36)
Third...the soldiers' arrival brought a false sense of security to the townsfolk which I feel will inevitably be unfortunate very shortly.
Fourth...all the while, the hammering noise and a stream of smoke from the pit continued in the background (ominous!)
Fifth...and then it begins (again)!
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟗?