The Moonlit Road and Other Ghost and Horror Stories

What sound distracts him?

“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce (Page 467)

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He hears a blacksmith's hammer,

"Striking through the thought of his dear ones was a sound which he could neither ignore nor understand, a sharp, distinct, metallic percussion like the stroke of a blacksmith's hammer upon the anvil; it had the same ringing quality."