''Old Man at the Bridge ''
Old Man at the Bridge n values of An old man with steel--rimmed spectacles and very dusty clothes sat by the side of the FOad There was a pontoon bridge across the river and carts, trucks, men. women and children were erossing it. The mule-drawn carts staggered up the steep bank from the bridge with soldiers helping to push against the spokes of the wheels The truck ground up and away heading out of it all. The peasants plodded along in the ankle-deep dust. But the old man sat there without moving.
He was too tired to go any further. It was my business to cross the bridge, explore the bridgehead beyond and find out to False (F): nan activity looking up an what point the enemy had advanced. I did this and returned over the bridge. There were not so many carts now and very few people on foot but the old man was still there.
Where do you come from ?" I asked him. ze. T arge. T From San Carlos." he said, and smiled. That was his native town and so it gave him pleasure to mention it and he smiled Iwas taking care of animals, he explained. Oh,' I said, not quite understanding. 'Yes. he said, 'I stayed, you see, taking care of animals.
I was the last one to leave the town of San Carlos. He did not look like a shepherd nor a herdsman and I looked at his black dusty clothes and his grey dusty face and his steel-rimmed spectacles and said, What animals were they ? Various animals,' he said, and shook his head. "I had to leave them. What animals were they ?' I asked. There were two goats and a cat and then there were four pairs of pigeons. And you had to leave them ?
I asked. And you have no family ?' I asked, watching the far end of the bridge where a few last carts were hurrying down the slope of the bank. Yes. Because of the artillery. The captain told me to go because of the artillery. out for No. he said, 'only the animals. The cat, of course, will be all right. A cat can lo eln, but I cannot think what will become of the others charge? s got its ? Share What politics have you?' I asked
I am without politics,'he said. '1 am seventy-six years old. I have come twelve kilomet bout the Ernest Her now and I think now I can go no farther.' Tbis is not a good place to stop, I said. 'If you can make it, there are trucks up the ro yle of his farmous nov o e where it forks for Tortosa. I will wait a while, he said, 'and then I will go. Where do the trucks go ?
Towards Barcelona. 'I told him. Abotrt the Ris a touch Iknow of no one in that direction, he said. 'but thank you very much. Thank you agaiwas foughr at a bridge play a part very much." me very blankly and tiredly, then said, having to share his worry with other indiv He looked someone, The cat will be allright. I am sure. There is no need to be unquiet about the cat. But the others. Now what do you think about the others ?
Glossary Why,they'll probably come through it all right. You think so ? pontoon b Staggered Why not ?' I said, watching far bank where now there were no carts. steep But what will they do under the artillery when I was told to leave because of the artillery? spokes Did you leave the dove cage unlocked ?' I asked Yes. explore Then they'll fly. atillery "Yes, certainly they'll fly. But the others. It's better not to think about the others, he said. forks If you are rested I would go,' I urged, 'Get up and try to walk now Thank you',
he said and got to his feet, swayed from side to side and then sat down backwards in the dust. swayed 'I was only taking care of animals, Easter Su he said dully, but no longer to me. 'I was only taking care of animals. There was nothing to do about him. It was Easter Sunday and the Fascists were advancing towards the Ebro. It was a grey overcast day with a low ceiling so their planes were not up. That and the fact that cats know how to look after themselves was all the good luck that old man would ever have Overcast COMP A) 1. - ERNEST HEMINGWAY
About the Author - trucks up the r style of his novels and short stories has influenced the development of modern prose. His Ernest Hemingway is an important name in modern American fiction. The appealing famous novel is "Farewell to Arms". He was awarded Noble Prize for literature in 1954 s go ?
About the Story- It is a touching story about refugees who were displaced during the Spanish civil war. It was fought between the Republicans and the Spanish Fascists. In this story, a soldier is at a bridge and notices an old man who is not moving, even though he had no wish to play a part in the war. The narrator feels sad about the old man's fate and also of the . Thank you aga re his worry wit other individuals who had to suffer during wars. unquiet about th
pontoon bridge - river bridge supported by floating boats
staggered -stood or walked unsteadily
steep -rising or falling sharply
-spokes bars or wirerods that connect the hub of a wheel to Its outer edge.
explore- find out