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PostPosted: 08 Dec 2018, 07:29 
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There's a mention in one of the Swiss books about a honeymooning couple where the groom died in a glacier. I've just found this extract from Sir Ray Lankester's From an Easy Chair - 1909 (p. 116):

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Before leaving the glaciers, let me briefly relate an
incident arising from their slow but regular downward
flow to the region where they melt away and deposit, as
a terminal moraine, the burden of rocks they have received
years before in regions far above. A young
man of five-and-twenty, on his honeymoon, visited
the Alps, and ventured alone on to a glacier. He
fell into a deep "crevasse," or ice-fissure, and his body
was not recovered. The exact spot where he fell
into the ice-chasm was recognised, and the mountain-folk,
who knew their glacier and its rate of movement
well, told the broken-hearted young widow that it
would take thirty years before that region of the glacier
would have moved so far downwards as to reach the
lowest limit, and in due course melt away. She
haunted the glacier in which her young husband was
entombed year after year, and at last, when she was
now grey-headed and withered by time, that special
tract of ice had descended so far, and was so near the
thawing, thinned-out margin of the glacier that they
were able to break into it with axe and pole. Then
she, an old woman, had a wonderful experience. They
led her to the glacier's edge. Her young husband, preserved
these thirty years in the ice, which had melted
around him and re-frozen, lay there unchanged. His
features were not marred by the lapse of years, nor was
his clothing rent or injured. He seemed as one asleep,
resting after a long day's climb, and she, poor soul, had,
during a blissful interval, the conviction that all those
weary years of waiting were but a long, bad dream, that
she, too, still was young, and was waking, as she had
loved to do long years ago, in time to see him lift his
lids and smile.


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 Post subject: Re: Glaciers
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2018, 08:44 
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Ah, so that's where EBD got it from! It seemed an odd thing for her to make up, so I thought she must have come across it somewhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Glaciers
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2018, 10:00 
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Bodies getting swallowed by glaciers and spat out atva later date is pretty standard, it was one of the things they used to prove glaciers move. Never heard that story though.


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PostPosted: 08 Dec 2018, 14:23 
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Fascinating, thank you. Interesting to note that she is now an old woman, though she was probably 55 if you do the maths! I may be grey (at 65) but I ain't old and withered!


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 Post subject: Re: Glaciers
PostPosted: 08 Dec 2018, 15:54 
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The idea is used in the film '45' with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. The husband hears news that the body of a former German girlfriend who was killed falling down a crevasse in Switzerland forty-five years previously has now been sighted due to the movement of the glacier. The news causes friction with his wife of forty years and he decides not to go to view the body. A beautiful underplayed film winning awards for both actors.

Incidentally I don't agree with ML's (and therefore EBD's) view that it was laudable for the widow to hang about waiting for the body to emerge.


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PostPosted: 08 Dec 2018, 17:35 
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I seem to remember a similar happening is also included in the narrative of K M Peyton's Snowfall - unfortunately (and most unusually for a book of hers), I couldn't get into it, so my memory of it is a bit hazy.


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