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When Neil survives a deadly plague and plunges into solitude, he must question everything in this gripping adventure from critically acclaimed Tripods author. Empty World book. Read 76 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. When a deadly virus kills off most of the world's population, a teenage. Read "Empty World" by John Christopher available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. When Neil survives a deadly plague.
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After finding the body of another survivor, Peter, who had committed suicide only hours before Neil found him, he is again despondent, but finds evidence of other survivors which brings him into contact with Billie and Lucy.
Billie is openly hostile towards Neil, and it is implied that she has suffered in some way either during the plague or directly after it, but Neil becomes friends with Lucy and starts a romantic relationship with her - much to Billie's disgust.
During this time Neil notes that the dogs have been supplanted by even more dangerous rats, and at least one big cat has escaped from a local zoo and although unseen is heard outside their flat. To this end Neil arms himself with a pistol and ammunition taken from a sporting goods shop. Billie and Neil continue to argue over an unspecified period of time, with Lucy gradually taking Neil's side in arguments, until eventually during a foraging expedition Billie attempts to kill Neil by stabbing him in the back with a kitchen knife.
The attack is shown to be premeditated as when Neil tries to defend himself with the gun he finds that it has been unloaded. Neil is injured, but overpowers Billie and returns to Lucy, where they lock Billie out and decide to move on to a previously discussed farmhouse.
Billie arrives back at the house and pleads with both Lucy and Neil to let her back in, but they decide that they could never trust her again, and leave her outside.
In the last paragraph of the book Neil abruptly changes his mind, feeling that he would never get over the guilt of leaving Billie to die, and with Lucy goes downstairs to open the door and let her back inside. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. And they must fear it, he supposed, more and more as the inevitability drew closer. The victims quite literally died of nothing except old age.
Dunhill looked at him with distaste. And they were only Indians, after all. Nothing to cause us concern.
Neil had noticed her chiefly in the company of Bob Hendrix, who was more conspicuous. He was heavily built and had a loud aggressive voice. His hair was bright red, and he usually wore a canary-yellow waistcoat. His father was a prominent Rye tradesman, and he clearly thought deference was due to him on that account.
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Hendrix went home for lunch but Ellen, like Neil, stayed at school. On this day she sat near him, and made what appeared to be friendly if timid overtures. He answered her civilly, but without enthusiasm. She persisted, though, and afterwards found him and spoke to him more directly.
Now it had happened, though, he found it did not bother him. She seemed sympathetic rather than curious—a nice girl, probably. At any rate, although he did not volunteer much information, he did not snub her. She went on, in a small soft voice, saying what a terrible thing it was, and he found he did not mind that, either.
It was something, she said, which had always been a nightmare with her. She had imagined it hundreds of times, and it had pursued her in dreams. She mostly thought of it as happening at school—of someone coming in to the class and telling her to report to the Headmaster, of going into his study and seeing his face, much graver than usual.
And then being told—it was always both of them killed together, usually in a car smash. Once launched she needed no encouragement to go on. She told him about her life at home, and he was a little surprised. She was an only child.
Her father, a plasterer, was very strict—he did not allow her out later than ten in the evening, half past nine in winter. Her mother, it seemed, was ill a great deal.
She had to get her own breakfast in the morning, and do housework before she came to school. It did not strike Neil as the sort of home life one would be particularly terrified to lose; nor her parents as justifying such anxious devotion. Her life in fact seemed fairly wretched compared with the one he had known in Dulwich.
Yet he had never had the sort of fears she described. But he had no time to brood on it because at that point Hendrix joined them. Ellen did not reply, but looked at Neil.
He had an impulse to tell Hendrix to push off, but it was easily controlled. Ellen looked at Neil again, in direct appeal this time. Neil had no fear of the other.
He was bigger, possibly stronger, but Neil was fairly sure he was no boxer while he had done quite a bit. He supposed really that was what he ought to do now, but he could not be bothered. Neither the girl nor Hendrix meant enough to be worth his getting involved.
The girl, after all, had chosen Hendrix in the past, or let herself be chosen by him. It was not his concern, but if he fought Hendrix and beat him it might become so. Her eyes stayed on his face, but he said nothing. Leave this London wet. He was a bit surprised he could feel so detached about it. The air was windless, warm for early summer, and the crab apple trees were loaded with blossom. Although many of the graves were old, the inscriptions on the stones rendered illegible by time and weather, some were new, and he passed two graves freshly mounded with flowers.
The churchyard represented one of the few ongoing enterprises the town still possessed, the only one really. Neil thought of Ellen and her nightmares, and wondered about them. Perhaps they did not stem, as he had assumed, from love of her parents, but the reverse.
Perhaps that was why the daydream was so persistent. He wondered too what the future would bring, for her and Hendrix. Most likely nothing: they were very young and there was no reason to suppose anything permanent, like marriage, would come of it.
Though it might, of course. Hendrix enjoyed bullying, and Neil had an idea that a part of Ellen, at least, liked being bullied.
Maybe they would marry, and she could change her nightmares to imagining her husband being killed. Again his thoughts surprised him. He looked up at the sky, nearly cloudless, where—he was fairly sure again—no invisible vindictive God lurked, reading minds and fashioning thunderbolts to toss down. The church was grey and squat, brooding over its generations of worshippers.
All around were the quiet houses with, at this moment, not a person in sight.
A car revved up the High Street and roared on towards Hastings, leaving velvety silence behind. Rye was a quiet town after London, but a Babylon compared with Winchelsea.When he had finished he sat for a time, looking out. Neil had noticed her chiefly in the company of Bob Hendrix, who was more conspicuous.
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