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What happens after Farquhar seems to escape from the creek?

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joshuaj2010 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 10, 2009 at 1:45 AM via web

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What happens after Farquhar seems to escape from the creek?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 11, 2009 at 12:49 AM (Answer #1)

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In the fantasy in which Farquhar finds himself escaping the attack of the Union soldiers and his immersion in the river, he travels continuously until he reaches his home.  Along the way, Farquhar travels through a forest that seems especially strange to him, though he is still aware of the direction in which he must travel.  As he prepares to step into an embrace with his wife, he dies.  Throughout the last part of the last chapter of this story, Bierce (the author) provides the reader with hints and suggestions that Farquhar is actually being hanged and that what is apparently happening to Farquhar is not as it seems; reality begins to intrude upon fantasy.

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isbeatbox | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 11, 2010 at 8:48 PM (Answer #2)

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Farquhar never escaped it was an allusion in his mind

that happend durring the drop and then he hit the end of the rope and died

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