Monday, 20 August 2012

Under Windsor Bridge


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Under Windsor Bridge, 1912, by Adolphe Valette

He trudged along the river bank, hands thrust deep into the pockets of his heavy overcoat. Nearing the bridge, he stopped, pulling his hat down over his head and tightening his scarf against the invasive damp. Horses’ hooves clattered along the road overhead and the rumble of carriage wheels drummed and hummed in the dank air.

A yellow grey fog drifted across the greasy water, wreathing the passing barges and diffusing the light from their lanterns. The dreariness of the scene suited his mood and he stared into the murky depths of the river, remembering.

There was only one thing that would release him from his melancholy. Cleansing the city of its filth made him euphoric. Those do-gooders who claimed that all human life was to be valued were wrong. He saw the expression in the eyes of the girls as he strangled them and knew they were grateful to be released.

16 comments:

  1. What wonderful words to accompany the painting! Beautiful.

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  2. I should clarify that the words are beautifully written, despite the macabre subject! :)

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  3. Quite a shocker, but well written...

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  4. Wow..you just crawled into Jack The Rippers mind...creepy.

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  5. Eerily spooky and dark .. well written too!

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  6. Beautifully written but how creepy!

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  7. Ack!!

    :-) Excellent. What an excellent little story. Caught me off-guard and gave me a chill. Well done!

    Pearl

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  8. def felt the atmosphere in this...a real old pea souper!!

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  9. the expression of their eyes and the outhanging tongue you forgot to mention ! No wonder that you can't sleep at night !

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  10. I wondered if anybody would take the prompt in this direction. Well done.

    And creepy.

    =)

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  11. oh very nice.. a little Jack in him i believe....scary when they think they are doing something good as they kill...

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  12. Oooh, I didn't see that coming. A brilliant twist.

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  13. Oh my ....it was a dark and spooky piece! But very good indeed!

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