He closed his eyes in order to fix his lastthoughts upon his wife and children. Thewater, touched to gold by the early sun, thebrooding mists under the banks at somedistance down the stream, the fort, thesoldiers, the piece of drift--all had distractedhim. And now he became conscious of a newdisturbance. Striking through the thought of hisdear ones was sound which he could neitherignore nor understand, asharp, distinct, metallic percussion like thestroke of a blacksmiths hammer upon theanvil; it had the same ringing quality.
…He wondered what it was, and whetherimmeasurably distant or near by-- it seemedboth. Its recurrence was regular, but as slowas the tolling of a death knell. He awaitedeach new stroke with impatience and--heknew not why--apprehension. The intervalsof silence grew progressively longer; thedelays became maddening. With theirgreater infrequency the sounds increased instrength and sharpness. They hurt his earlike the trust of a knife; he feared he wouldshriek. What he heard was the ticking of hiswatch.
1. The passage indicates that, just beforebeing put to death, Farquhar tries to thinkaboutA. the beauty of his surroundings.C. his family.B. anything other than his impending doom.D. why this is happening to him.
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