The River Nous Essay

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The River NousIt was the night after James and Olivia had left. The sky was in a gradient scale of dark blue to black. Night crept up on them with an eerie flow of shadowy moonlight; no noise could be heard except the rustling of the trees. They were staring out into the vast open area of moor and saw nothing but tall, damp grass.They hung their heads as they thought about what their parents had said before they disappeared. All they remembered of their conversation a few nights before was that their father had told them that if they received another bad grade then he would never let them come home again. He was an arrogant sort of father. James could read his sister's face and he understood why she was so terrified. "Seeking wisdom is hard but not impossible", said James after a moment of silence.That night they camped out on the moor. The moor had an atmosphere of ghostly emptiness, so both of them tossed and turned like sailors at sea in a raging Atlantic storm. Olivia was scared and curled up next to her brother who comforted her for a while, until he fell, almost unwillingly, into a deep dreamless slumber.Olivia, who had slept fitfully, woke up with a start; her eyes were squinting at the first rays of the sun. She shoved her brother, ordering him to get up. She was worried about where they were heading. The goal was a magical place she had been told about, the source of the river Nous, where the slow and the naïve can acquire knowledge. She was energetic at least as she anticipated returning home with wisdom her father expected.James was not so happy. He knew that the road to wisdom would be filed with obstacles. They started out strongly, but after a treacherous morning's walk, they came to a cliff. It was a dangerous, red rock face; they saw from afar that in the valley below flowed a small river with fresh water. They were overjoyed - the river Nous.Olivia and James walked along the top of the cliff until they found a small path that led downwards towards the valley at the bottom. Half way down the path petered out. The cliff was vertical. They looked around in despair. They needed to get down, but neither of them were climbers. Yet out of the side of the cliff, the hanging vines offered an idea. James cut a series of strong shoots from the vine and Olivia weaved them together. They now had a rope. James offered to go first, and was half way down the cliff face when he saw below him a wild-looking thing - it seemed to be half-beast, half man. He could do nothing - he continued down.The thing was waiting for him at the bottom. Before he had time to warn his sister, the thing had hit him. His sister could not see this, pulled the rope up and came down....

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