"[John Sommers] . . . "sailed all the seas of the world, and he would vividly describe how the water gathered itself in sepulchral silence and roared back in a single monstrous wave, sweeping away everything before it. Horrible, he maintained, although at least that gave you time to run toward the hills . . ."
Now, this 'sound of silence' from a usually rhythmic ocean strikes me as a useful bit of travel advice. From now on, when I am strolling seaside, or within earshot of the surf, I know I will NOT stop to wonder why the ocean is suddenly silent. I will start running. Once on high ground, there's plenty of time to delve further.
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