He lived beside a river that emptied into a great ocean. The narrow strip of land that lay between him and the estuary was covered at high tide by a shining film of water, at low tide with the cast-up offerings of sea and shore. Logs yet green, and saplings washed away from inland banks, battered fragments of wrecks and orange crates of bamboo, broken into tiny rafts yet odorous with their lost freight, lay in long successive curves,— the fringes and overlappings of the sea. At high noon the shadow of a seagull's wing, or a sudden flurry and gray squall of sand- pipers, themselves but shadows, was all that broke the monotonous glare of the level sands.
Francis Bret Harte (1836 – 1902) was a famous American author and poet mostly known for his short fiction stories about adventures of miners, gamblers, and other fine figures of the California Gold Rush. “The Twins of Table Mountains” is a collection of mysterious stories by American author Bret Harte. Lots of critics and his contemporaries…
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