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by Ambrose Bierce

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How do we know that Peyton is dreaming?

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We do not know with absolute certainty that the protagonist , Peyton Farquhar, is dreaming in part 3 until the very end, when his neck snaps in the noose, though there are many helpful clues. At the end of part 1, Farquhar's perception of time seemed to be slowing down. He tried to fix his final thoughts on his wife and children, but he was distracted by the ticking sounds of his watch, which "hurt his ear like the...

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