Excerpt from The Red Laugh: Fragments of a Discovered Manuscript
I felt it for the first time as we were march ing along the road - marching incessantly for ten hours Without stopping, never diminishing our step, never waiting to pick up those that had fallen, but leaving them to the enemy, that was moving behind us in a compact mass only three or four hours later effacing the marks of our feet by their own.
It was very sultry. I do not know how many degrees there were - I or more I only know that the heat was incessant, hope lessly even and profound. The sun was so enormous, so fiery and terrible, that it seemed as if the earth had drawn nearer to it and would soon be burnt up altogether in its merciless rays. Our eyes had ceased to look.
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