I was reading recently the classic Ambrose Bierce short-story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. In the story, a captured Confederate spy survives his own hanging when the noose, apparently, breaks. As the tale unfolds, we follow his escape through forest and swamp, until he eventually finds his way back home. But as he runs into his wife's waiting arms, everything flashes white before him, and we learn that our hero was hanged after all, his entire journey home being an hallucination that occurred in the split second between his dropping through the gallows and his neck snapping.
Reading this, I recalled Coleridge's well-known observation that creative fiction requires a "willing suspension of disbelief." Bierce's story certainly requires that, but it requires something more, it strikes me. I wonder if the same thought strikes you. That is to say, more than a willing suspension of disbelief, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge requires a "------- --------- in ----------".
(You are welcome to leave your answer in the comments. The person supplying the best answer will receive my personal congratulations.)
~~ Robert Brault