Friday, April 6, 2018

Let's call her Annie

Let’s say she woke up early, August 24. She smiled as the baby poked at her from the inside. At 8:00, the first unusual plume atop Vesuvius became visible. By noon, it was too late to escape. 1900 years later they were found, entombed in ash, forever an expectant mother and unborn child.


  1. I am fascinated by your choice of people to write about.

    "Annie" looks like a sculpture. Knowing that she's (they're) an actual person is sobering/chilling.

    1. I find the story of Pompeii fascinating. I read the other day that their deaths were likely quick, from a wave of super-heated gases. That's some consolation.

  2. Oh wow, these are getting depressing. But Pompeii has fascinated me too, and was one of our favourite destinations on our first trip to Italy.

  3. I've always been fascinated with Pompeii too. I'm glad you added the comment about quick deaths, as I was just thinking it's hard to imagine a worse way to die. Still, this "Annie" is particularly sad.


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