Something to Fear

In Hemingway's Nick Adams Stories — specifically in a deleted prologue to the small masterpiece "Indian Camp — there's a passage of dialogue that anyone who knows the northern forest knows to be false. The first sentences are spoken by Nick's father, Doctor Adams:

"You don't want to ever be frightened in the woods, Nick. There is nothing that can hurt you."

"Not even lightning?" Nick asked.

"Not even lightning."

Having been struck by lightning myself I know there's plenty to be afraid of in the woods. Read my account of the worst night of my life.