The Day of the Triffids Reader’s Journal

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Chapter 1 – The End Begins February 13, 2014

Setting

St. Merryn’s Hospital, London, after the comet, early morning about 7 am.

Characters

Narrator – the lead character does not reveal his name, although he describes that he is currently blind and hopes that his blindness is temporary.

Nurse – tells the narrator of the beautiful comet shower that was happening outside. Almost everyone who heard about it, found the comet shower as a free firework display by the heavens.

Owner of Alamein Arms (a bar) – confirmed some of the narrator’s doubts of what was happening around him. Explained that the narrator may be the only one who can see in the entire world. The owner blames the comet for everyone’s loss of vision.

Summary

  • The book is told through first person. The narrator which I would assume is the lead character feels somehow disoriented. He felt the oddness around him, he thought that the quietness and the stillness inside and outside the hospital was eerie and something was terribly wrong, “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” The nurses did not come to bathe or “sponge” him, in fact no one came, even when he rang the buzzer that calls the nurses, a couple of times. He describes that he went through eye surgery to restore or fix his vision and that he was fortunate in doing so:

           “But this morning was different. Disturbingly, because mysteriously, different. No wheels rumbled, no busses roared, no sound of a car of any kind, in fact, was to be heard; no brakes or horns, not even the clopping of few rare horses that still occasionally passed; nor there should be at such an hour, the composite tramp of work-bound feet.”

  • He soon discovers that the mysterious comet has blinded everyone who saw it, he didn’t see the mysterious green light that the comet emitted during the “comet shower” because he had bandages wrapped around his eyes:

I pulled back the curtains on the nearest window and let in a shaft of bright sunlight. It was a surgical ward with about twenty patients, all bedridden. Leg injuries mostly; several amputations, by the look of it. “Stop foolin’ about with ‘em mate, and pull ‘em back,” said the same voice.

  • The whole city was in chaos that he compared the state of the people as one of the sinner’s in Doré’s picture of hell and how his drawings could not compare to the misery that he saw and heard,  “The place looked-well, maybe you’ll have seen some

    Dore’s artwork of sinners in hell

    of Dore’s pictures of sinners in hell. But Dore couldn’t include the sounds: the sobbing, the murmurous moaning and occasionally a forlorn cry.”

  • The narrator couldn’t help but feel hopeless and confused and he finally meets someone who is aware of the situation. The owner of the bar explains the situation to the narrator and says, ““There you are. Proves it. You didn’t seem ‘em: you aren’t blind. Everyone else saw ‘em” – he waved an expressive arm – “all’s blind’s bats. Bloody comets, I say.” The owner of the bar confirms the narrators doubt. The narrator then walks into the streets.

Literary Devices

Imagery – “the sky is simply full of shooting stars,” she said.  All bright green they make people’s faces look frightfully ghastly. –  “That was such a brilliant one then – it made the whole room look green what a pity you couldn’t see it.” The nurse describes that the comet shone even before the sun came down. The comet had a green tint whenever it shone so bright.

Foreshadowing – “Every now and then there’s a big one so bright that it hurts to look at it. It’s a marvelous sight. They say there’s never been anything like it before. It is such a pity you can’t see it. Isn’t it?” Little did the people know that the comet would be the last thing that they would ever see in this world? The nurse describes its beautiful presentation as something that hurts when you look at it, maybe it did actually hurt but they did not notice it. Soon after the comet, everyone who saw it became blind.

Connections

The beginning of this book is much like the beginning of the show The Walking Dead, Rick wakes up feeling disoriented and weak, just like how the narrator in this book felt when he realizes that no one has come to bathe him. Rick walks around the hospital noticing that there is something weird going on, just like how the narrator in this book felt confused about what is going on around him. Both characters notice that something dire happened in the world and somehow both of them were safe at the moment. The difference is that almost everyone in the world of The Walking Dead turned or is infected to be a zombie while in The Day of the Triffids everyone has somehow became blind except for the main character. I think that the first chapter of the Day of the Triffids was pretty good, I have never heard or read anything about a comet blinding which kind of interests me more and make me want to finish this book as soon as possible. I actually love books that show a possible future that might happen to us. If I woke from my sleep and felt like everything was weird I would say that I would be scared especially if I am alone. I remember when I was a kid I was scared of the dark maybe because I think and imagine things too much, but I remember that as long as I had someone next or near me my fears never haunted me again. I feel happy for the narrator because he kind of survived the possible blindness because of being partially blind at the moment. He was pretty lucky in my opinion but in most fictional writing there are no such things as coincidences.

Big Question:

  • Why was everyone blind? Was it really the comet?
  • What happened to William’s eyes? What caused it?

Chapter 2-3: The Coming of the Triffids, The Groping City February 18, 2014

Characters:

William Masen – the narrator of the story. His bad head for math caused him to work with the Triffids.

Umberto Christoforo Palanguez – introduced the pink oil that came from Triffids. The oil made other varities of oil look like garbage. Mysteriously disappeared and then the Triffids suddenly popped out everywhere.

Walter Lucknor – below average on other economical functions in life but is a genius when it’s about the Triffids. William considers him as the man who understood the Triffids the most.

Naturally Blind Man –  William meets him while eating, he tells the  blind man the current situation with the world. Blind man mocks the now other blind people who are not adapting well to their blindness.

Summary:

  • A lot of theories were stated on how Triffids came to be. The oil industry extracted high quality oil from Triffids.
  • The Triffids have the ability to walk and everyone was fascinated by it.

“For the short time the scene was on I stared at it, fascinated. there was our mysterious rubbish-heap plant grown to a height of seven feet or more. There was no mistaking it-and it was ‘walking’!” (pg. 27)

  • Everyone realizes that Triffids were carnivorous and have protective stingers that contains poison that can kill.

” But actually alarming was the discovery that the whorl topping a Triffid’s stem could lash out as a slender stinging weapon ten feet long, capable of discharging enough poison to kill a man if it struck squarely on his unprotected skin” (pg.29)

  • William was stung by a Triffid when he was young and developed an immunity against Triffid poison. Pushed him to work with the Triffids.
  • William points out the deadly accuracy of the Triffid stingers. People are now realizing how dangerous a Triffid can be.

” the uncanny accuracy with which they aimed their stings, and that they almost invariably struck for the head. Nor did anyone at first take notice of their habit of lurking near their fallen victim… they fed upon flesh as well as upon insects. The stinging tendril did not have the muscular power to tear firm flesh, but it had strength enough to pull shreds from a decomposing body and lift them to the cup on its stem.” (pg. 31)

  • While working with the triffids he meets Walter who points out the possible intelligence the triffids can possess. He also points out who would win if it was sightless human vs. triffid.

“-in other words, they know what they are doing. Look at it this way. Granted that they do have intelligence; then that would leave us with only one important superiority-sight. We can see and they can’t. Take away our vision, and the superiority is gone. Worse than that-our position becomes inferior to theirs, because they are adapted to a sightless existence and we are not.” (pg. 33)

  • Back to the Present, William realizes that there was a silent chaos everywhere. No traffic or any usual sounds that you hear daily. But there were a lot of blind people groping their way around.
  • As he realizes that almost everyone in London is blind, he does not know how to start a new life and how to handle the situation that he is in.

Literary Devices:

Imagery –  “When it walked it moved rather like a man on crutches. two of the blunt “legs” slid forward, then the whole thing lurched as the rear… At each step the long stem whipped violently back and forth… Nevertheless, ungainly though it looked, it was contriving to cover the ground at something like an average walking pace.” (pg. 27)

Flashback – The whole chapter of the coming of the triffids, William looked back and told a brief history of the triffids.

Themes:

Good and evil – woman with a child who can still see debates whether she should eat the apply stolen from a broken window of a shop.

“What’s the matter? Don’t like oranges?” he asked. “But it isn’t right,” she said. “We didn’t ought to take ’em. Not like this.” (pg. 40)

Big Questions:

  • What happened to William’s eyes? What caused it? – His eyes were damaged by triffid poison while he was working with Walter examining some new specimens.
  • What’s going to happen to the human race now?

Thoughts:

I thought these two chapters were set-up chapters, it feels like there’s something important coming but it isn’t revealed yet. I like that William explained some background information about the Triffids. I think he is talking to the reader as he tells the story of the human race after they have all lost their sight. I can somehow visualize what a Triffid would now look like and I don’t want it to be tainted in a way. I know there are movies based on this novel but I don’t want to watch it until I have finished the book. In my head I have already formulated and drawn how each character would look like and how a triffid might have looked like. I agree with what Walter stated, without our sight we are inferior to other species. All our coordination is based on our sight, without it, we can’t do anything at an efficient rate compared to other species who does not fully rely on their sight to do things. I can somehow relate to how the people in London must have felt when they have lost their vision. Like William I also have lost my vision temporarily for about a week because of certain things, not because of a triffid poison of course.

Chapter 4 and 5: Shadows Before, Light in the Night

Setting:

Still in London but in some market place district.

Characters:

Bill Masen – I am unclear of what the protagonist’s name is, I think its most likely Bill instead of William since Josella calls him Bill in the next chapters. William might just be a middle name or Bill might just be a nickname. He realizes that as time passes by the more his instincts take over. I think that as more people in the book realize that it’s the end of the world they are more willing to cast aside morality. The thought of “I’m going to die soon so whatever” kind of mentality might be running through every sightless person’s head so every sightless person care less about the consequences of their actions; They just want to survive.

Josella Playton – Bill finds her attractive and I think he is attracted to her. Bill describes her as,

“While I say I stole an occasional covert look at the girl. Her clothes… were good quality. Her voice was good too-probably not stage or movie acquired, for it had not deteriorated under stress. She was blond, but quite a number of shades sub-platinum. It seemed likely that beneath the smudges and smears she was good-looking.” (pg. 47)

Jimmy and his child – they didn’t interact with Bill but Bill witnessed both of them commit suicide even though they could still. I guess the dad felt very isolated and hopeless of the future to come that he decided that it was best to kill himself along with his child. I can see the logic on why he committed suicide but if I was in his situation, I would feel hopeless too but I won’t give. I might hole myself up in a room for  a couple of days but I wouldn’t commit suicide. I also would not drag a child into death too.

Plot Details:

  • Bill finally meets a sighted person for the first time since the end begun. Her name is Josella Playton, she escaped being blinded because she was too drunk and passed out to see the comet.
  • Bill does not know what to do next he seems lost but Josella gives him a temporary goal. They decide to head back to Josella’s house to see if her father was alright.
  • Along the way Bill realizes the superiority that he and Josella possess among the people in London, they can see therefore they have a better chance of surviving. However, he feels scared that if anyone around them would discover that they can both see, they would be treated as slaves.

“The future seemed to me at that time a choice between a lonely existence, always in fear of capture, or of gathering together a selected group which we could rely on to protect us from other groups… Along with it, it went a nasty picture of bloody gang wars being fought for possession of us. I was still uncomfortably elaborating these possibilities.”(pg. 50)

  • When they reached Josella’s house everyone was dead, stung by a Triffid.
  • Unclear of what to do next they decide to regroup and head to Clerkenwell for some supplies but along the way they see a frightening sight,

“They were coming toward us at a stumbling run, with their arms outstretched before them. A mingled crying and screaming came from them. Even as we came into sight of them a woman in front tripped and fell; others tumbled over her…Beyond the mob we had a glimpse of cause of it all; three dark-leaved stems swaying beyond the panic-stricken heads.” (pg. 56)

I would imagine that it was as if the Triffids were trying to herd them like sheep.

  • After witnessing the horrid parade their plan to get armed, acquire protective clothing, dinner and a safe place to stay seemed very reasonable.
  • After finding a safe apartment somewhere in Clerkenwell, they could finally relax. However Bill witnesses a daughter and her father commit suicide. “As he lifted her he turned, and stepped out of the window.” (pg. 61)
  • Bill and Josella say good-bye to the old world and prepare for the uncertain future ahead of them.
  • When night came, Josellla and Bill saw a beam of light, they thought it was someone who could see but they also thought that it was a trap.

Themes

Isolation and Companionship – Bill is happy that he found Josella, he feels grateful that he has a found a companion.

“She came like a child to be comforted. I’m not sure that her need of it was much greater than mine. She fell asleep before I did, and with her head resting on my shoulder. Still the memories of the day would not leave me in peace but, in the end, one does sleep.” (pg. 70)

Big Questions:

  • Where did the beam of light come from? I think the beam of light isn’t a trap, but it goes to show the pessimistic mentality Bill holds for the world. He has switched to survival mode.
  • Were there any sighted ones besides Bill and Josella? I think there would be someone else who has sight besides the two of them because some of the children still had their vision.

At the end of chapter of a line from Lord Byron’s poem: ” so we’ll go no more a-roving…” I think it’s a pretty significant line. I don’t know much about old english or whatever english this line was written from but I think it means, “so the partying stops” or somewhere along those lines. When the party stops, in a way the happiness ends too. I think this line foreshadows the future of Josella and Bill. I think the future awaiting them won’t be as happy as the days before the meteor shower.

I don’t know if this book is famous around the world but as I read more of this book, I see the similarities of some popular tv shows from today to this book. I feel like this book is an icon that most sci-fi post apocalyptic writers today base their ideas. I’m a fan of post-apocalyptic stories and this book is turning out to be pretty good and I like it so far. Now that I think about If I was to compare the meteor shower that happened in this book to real life. I would say that the meteor showers are comparable to the nuclear bombs used in Hiroshima or Nagasaki. It has blinded the people of life and happiness in Hiroshima and Nagasaki because it has affected and killed a lot of the people who lived there. In the story they are only blind but the way things are going, being sightless leans toward as being as good as dead.

Chapter 6 and 7: Rendez-vous, Conference

Setting:

A University Tower in London.

Characters:

Bill Masen – He does not seem to like looking ahead too far. After Josella points out that the future ahead of them might not be that good. He thought that he does not agree with Josella’s mentality he’d rather wait for things to happen and decide then the appropriate thing to do.

Josella Playton – She seems pessimistic about the future, she shares her thoughts with Bill, but Bill disagrees with her point of view. Somewhere in Bill’s heart there’s a sliver of hope that the world will return to normal.

Colonel Jaques– Bill finds the Colonel’s gesture towards him and Josella funny, it was almost like a job interview, it was very methodical. Bill describes him as:

“He was a chubby man just turned fifty or thereabouts. His hair was plentiful but well-trimmed, and gray. his mustache matched i and looked as if no single hair would dare to break the ranks. His complexion was so pink, healthy, and fresh that it might have belonged to a much younger man; his mind, I discovered later, had never ceased to do so. He was sitting behind a  table with quantities of paper arranged on it in mathematical exact blocks.” (pg. 75)

Michael Beadley – He seems to be the leader of the people in the Tower. He has an assistant named Sandra Telmont. I think that he is a pretty easy-going man. Bill describes him as,

“He was lean, tall, broad-shouldered, and slightly stooping, with something the air of an athlete run to books… The occasional streaks of grey in his hair helped very little in judging his age. He might have been anywhere between thirty-five and fifty.” (pg. 76)

Sandra Telmont – Some type of assistant or secretary to Michael. She notices that Josella was the famed writer of a book with a misleading title and stares her down at some point.

Elpseth Cary – a young woman who inquires about the triffids and introduces Ivan

Ivan – Found a helicopter somewhere in the city. Ms. Cary’s friend

Dr. Vorless – Makes up the rules for the people in the tower. supports a polygamous relationship in the new world. Being practical than moral seems to be his motto, just like Michael.

Plot details:

  • Josella points out that the beam of light came from the University Tower.
  • They head out to the University tower.
  • After the two sighted men argue about survival, Bill debates which side he would take, would he help the sightless people around? Or help himself instead?

“Do we help those who have survived the catastrophe to rebuild some kind of life? or do we make a moral gesture which, on the face of it, can scarcely be more than a gesture?” (pg. 75)

  • They are accepted into the University tower. Currently there are about 35 people, 28 have their vision.
  • Everyone in the tower had jobs, Josella and Bill were assigned to scavenge and look for food for the tower.
  • Michael introduces his plan to move far away from the city the next day.
  • Josella points out how fast things are changing. She explained that the world seemed so safe, and certain now it is the opposite.
  • Bill realizes another important thing about man.

“I don’t think it had ever occurred to me that man’s supremacy is not primarily due to his brain, as most of the books would have one think. It is due to the brain’s capacity to make use of the information conveyed to it by a narrow band of visible light rays. His civilization, all that he had achieved or might achieve, hung upon his ability to perceive that range of vibrations from red to violet. Without that, he was lost.” (pg. 81)

I agree with Bill, humans are not adapted to a sightless world. Most of our findings today in the world are observations based on what we have seen. I feel like the other senses are secondary next to our sight, for example when we see food to clarify if it is edible we examine it. Are there any pieces of plastic or rubber stuck on it? No, then after we either taste or smell it to check if it taste good or not. The other senses are very important too, but If I was to lose one sense, I would rather lose my ability to talk than my ability to see.

  • After everyone came back from scavenging food and supplies, Michael give’s a pep-talk to all the current member of the tower.  He introduces Dr. Vorless who points out that the rules from before the catastrophe did not apply in the present time.  Dr. Vorless introduces two general rules that everyone must follow if they want to stay with the group.

“There is one thing to be made quite clear to you before you decide to join our community. It is that those of us who start on the this task will all have our parts to play. The mean must work-the women must have babies. Unless you can agree to that, there can be no place for you in our community.”(pg. 87)

I think Dr. Vorless’s rules are quite practical but I can’t help but think that he and Michael have an ulterior motive.

  • Bill confesses his love to Josella. Josella accepts Bill’s love but she replies with a post-apocalyptic mentality. She has accepted the rules of Dr. Vorless and says,

“You mean you don’t love me enough to take on two other women as well?” (pg. 91)

When Josella says this, I thought that it was outright delusional. I think she is going crazy, I don’t think she really means it, I think everyone who has survived the catastrophe has gone a bit cuckoo. After she says this she rambles more about helping the girls and going all ‘World Peace’ on this polygamy situation. I think that she just needs to sleep a little. I feel bad for Bill who still holds value from the old world before the beginning of the end.

In the end of this chapter Bill and Josella danced the night away. I can’t help but think, that their happiness is a bit short lived, I feel like something is going to interrupt this happiness. In most stories that I have read that is apocalyptic, happiness in these types of novels are short lived. After every happy chapter or episode, something bad always follows and ruins the “happily ever after” time and revert back to sad, scary survival mode.

Themes:

Morality –  Two men were arguing about whether to help out the sightless population or not because there is not a lot of food to go around. One helps out anyway he can but the other wants to keep the food to himself and to the people who can see in fear of starving to death.

“Out there, there are thousands of poor devils only wanting someone to show them how to get the food that’s there for the taking. And you could do it. All you’ve got to do is SHOW them. But do you? Do you buggers? NO, what you do is shut yourselves in here and let them bloody well starve when each one of you could keep hundreds alive by doing no more than coming out and showing the poor sods where to get the grub.” (pg. 72)

Chapter 8, Frustration 

Setting:

Still in London, the university tower and area around it.

Characters: 

Bill Masen – captured by Coker’s group, he tries to find what happened to Josella, he discovers nothing except that Josella is in the parliament building.

Alf – Blind, optimistic, he does not seem to hate Bill’s group in fact he just thought of what happened with the attack was entertaining.

“…it was clear that Alf bore us no animosity. He appeared to regard the whole affair as a bit of sport. I found it a little too painful to class it so, but I mentally raised my hat to Alf. I’d a pretty good idea that in his position I’d be lacking the spirit to think of anything as a bit of sport.”(pg. 94)

Coker – Argued that those who have their vision should help those who do not. He was one of the men that Josella and Bill heard arguing about helping other people right before they joined the people who resided in the Tower.

Band of blind men – they followed Bill wherever they searched for food. They were the muscles while Bill directs them to how they do their work.

Red-headed young man – part of another group that is unknown to Bill. He suddenly fired at Bill’s group, Bill tries to find out more about this young man but failed to do so.

Plot Details

  • Bill wakes up and their was chaos in the tower, they were being attacked.  He tries to figure out what is happening but he trips as he was going down the stairs and loses consciousness.
  • Bill wakes up to find that he has been cuffed in an unknown room, and meets a blind man named Alf.
  • Bill discovers that the chaos caused by the attack on the tower were just sound and special effects and no one was really hurt.
  • Coker wants those who can see help those that are blind survive a bit longer until help comes.
  • Coker assigns Bill to help with the scrounging of food around London.
  • Bill promises to himself that he would help these sightless people get used to their surroundings and then leave to find Josella. After a while he realizes that these people or his group can’t function without him.

“Little or nothing could go on unless I was there to direct. It was impossible to use more than one working party at a time, though we could have made up a dozen. Nor could much go on back at the hotel while I was out with the foraging squad.. Two sighted men could have got through a lot more than twice the work.” (pg. 99 – 100)

  • More and more people are becoming sick; some exhibit bowel pains and high fevers.
  • The next day, Bill’s group were attacked by triffids, none were dead but a few were injured.
  • After the encounter with the triffids, Bill realizes Michael’s point of view as Michael chooses to save a few.

” I found myself thinking of Michael Beadley and his lot again. I had known then that they were logical;now I began to think that maybe they had a truer humanity, too. They had seen that it was hopeless to try to save any but a very few. To give an empty hope to the rest was little better than cruelty.” (pg. 107)

  • In Coker’s HQ, Bill meets a young girl who recently turned 18, he discovers that there’s an endemic spreading in the house. More and more people are dying.

Big Questions:

  • Will anyone ever come to rescue those who have lost their vision?

Alf thinks that no one will come to save those who have lost their vision. No help would come. I think so too, I think it would be a survival of the fittest kind of thing.

  • Who was the red-headed young man who shot at Bill’s group, what did he want?
  • Everyone also seems to be dying of something, I would say the comet is radioactive too . Why are people suddenly dying of something?

Themes:

Hopelessness – Coker says:

“”Tomorrow morning we’ll run you and your lot up there in trucks. After that it’ll be your job to keep em going until somebody comes along to tidy things up.”

“And if nobody does come?” I asked.

“Somebody’s got to come,” he said grimly. “Anyway, there’s your job-and mind you keep to your area””

Coker hopes that someone in power  would save them, but I think not. I think he is just hanging on to this idea to keep him sane.

Death

“The first thing I was aware of the next morning was the smell. There had been whiffs of it here and there before, but luckily the weather had been cool. Now I found that I had slept late into what was already a warmer day. I’m not going into details about the smell; those who knew it will never forget it; for the rest it is indescribable. It rose from every city and town for weeks, and traveled on every wind that blew. When I woke to it that morning. Death is just ; it is just the shocking end of animation; it is dissolution that is final.” (pg. 109)

After this reflection, Bill has a deja vu moment with their HQ being quiet, and more people die. I think this is some sort of foreshadowing, I think everyone who is blind is going to die.

Thoughts:

Now there’s a twist, I knew that soon the triffids would pop back in the story line I just didn’t expect the blind people to suddenly die of some unknown sickness. It may be a virus that the triffids emit or side effects of radioactive radiation from the meteor shower(maybe?). Or maybe they just starved to death. I can’t wait to get some answers. I’m also starting to wonder when that guy who know what’s really happening is going to appear. In almost every it’s the end of the world type of novels that I’ve read, there would always be that guy who knows how to fix everything. I haven’t seen any hints to whether there is a guy but from my experience there is almost always a guy who know the W5H of everything that is happening.

Chapter 9, 10: Evacuation, Tynsham 

Setting:

Still in England, first Westminster, then Tynsham Manor.

Characters:

Bill – he feels isolated once again, he tries to find Josella but he can’t find her. He hangs on to a sliver of hope when he sees the address written in chalk hoping that he would find Josella there. He changes his impression of Coker, at the moment Coker supplied him with optimism.

Wilfred Coker – he missed the meteor shower because he was hiding from the police who was trying to catch him for causing a disturbance. He hid under a pile of shavings and fell asleep there. The next morning he finds everyone blind.

Ms. Durrant and the women of the manor – They hold too much of a spiritual view about the catastrophe that they fail to recognize the need of certain supplies to survive. They lack the practicality to realize that sometimes a sacrifice must be made to survive.

Plot Details:

  • Triffids are slowly appearing all over London. Bill goes to Westminster where the House of Parliament is located to find Josella, he failed.
  • He checks the university tower out of desperation and he still fails to find Josella. Instead he sees an address written in chalk . He decides that he will go to the address since it is his only clue to Josella.
  • Bill stays the night in the tower and meets Coker, his group died too.
  • Coker realizes that he had the wrong idea to how to save the people and about the catastrophe.

“I’d got it wrong,” he repeated. “I thought I was the one who was taking it seriously–but I wasn’t taking it seriously enough. I couldn’t believe that it would last, or that some kind of help wouldn’t show up. But now look at it! And it must be like this everywhere. Europe, Asia, America–think of America smitten like this! But they must be. If they weren’t they’d have been over here, helping out and getting the place straight–that’s the way it’d take them. No, I recon your lot understood from the start.” (pg. 114)

  • They wonder what caused the endemic. They hope to leave London as soon as possible.
  • Following their only clue they venture to Tynsham, Bill did not see any humans besides him, Coker and a couple of birds.
  • They arrive at Tynsham manor, Bill and Coker realize that the women in the manor have little to no chance of surviving because of their concrete views about being moral and following God’s law.
  • The women of the manor tells them that Michael Beadley passed their way but left because they did not agree on the way they have positioned their views to survive.

Themes:

Hope and Living – As Bill drives to Tynsham he sees the vast farm land with crops that can be tended and grown. At the moment it cannot be harvested but this gives him hope that after he overcomes this catastrophe he can start a new life with the resources that he saw.

“The sight of the open country gave one hope of a sort. It was true that the young green crops would never be harvested when they had ripened, nor the fruit from the trees gathered; that the countryside might never again look as trim and neat as it did that day, but for all that it would go on, after its own fashion. It was not, like the towns, sterile, stopped forever. It was a place one could work and tend, and still find a future… As I looked out over the fields I feel my spirits expanding” (pg. 117)

Literary Devices: 

Satire – After Coker starts the generator for Tynsham Manor he is appalled by the lack of knowledge the women in the manor possess.

“So you just went on sitting in the dark,” he remarked. ” And how long do you think you are likely to survive if you just go on sitting in the dark when things need doing?”

She was stung by his tone. “It was not my fault if I’m not any good at things like that.”

“I’ll differ there,” Coker told her. “It’s not only your fault–it’s a self-created fault. Moreover, it’s an affectation to consider yourself too spiritual to understand anything mechanical. It is a petty and a very silly form of vanity.” (pg. 124)

Conflict:

Human vs. Human  – Micheal Beadley and the Women who reside in Tynsham Manor do not hold the same views on how to survive the catastrophe. Both parties think they are right and they are not willing to change the methods or laws they use to survive. Michael comes up with a more pratical solution such as ignoring a bit of the moral while Ms.  Michale Beadley decides to leave Tynsham Manor and find a safe place elsewhere.

“They have gone elsewhere,” She said sharply. ” This is a clean, decent community with standards–Christian standards–and we tend to uphold them. We have no place here for people with loose views. Decadence, immorality, and lack of faith we’re responsible for most of the world’s ills. It is the duty of those of us who have been spared to see that we build a society where that does not happen again. The cynical and the clever–clever will find they are not wanted here, no matter what brilliant theories they may put forward to disguise their licentiousness and their materialism. We are a Christian community.. and we intend to remain so.” (pg. 122)

Chapter 11 and 12: …And Further On, Dead end.

Setting:

Bill and Coker stayed at Tynsham Manor outside of London.

Characters:

Bill – Bill did not see Josella anywhere on Tynsham Manor, he is afraid that he will never see Josella again because she has caught the disease or killed by the triffids. I think Bill should have more faith because I feel that Josella is a strong woman and she can survive  without Bill for a couple of days.

Coker – He follows Bill where ever he goes, and still continues to criticize some of the women in Tynsham Manor.

Trio in Beaminster:

Stephen Brenell – “fair-haired man, a member of the stock exchange.” (pg. 133)

Entertainment Girl – Bill never really mentioned her name in the book, but she was yearning that after the disaster she would become a star.

“She had an utterly unshakable conviction that nothing serious could have happened to America, and that it was only a matter of holding out for a while until the Americans arrived to put everything in order. She was quite the least troubled person  I had encountered since the catastrophe took place.” (pg. 133)

Dark young man – he holds a grudge against the catastrophe for him it ruined his chances to being a millionaire. He wanted to open a radio stare but then the comet shower struck and blinded everyone

Plot Details:

  • Bill tried to find if Josella is in Tynsham Manor while Coker observes the manor. Coker analyzes the situation in the Manor  and decided that the manor would survive with all the materials in it if only Ms. Durrant’s attitude changes.
  • Coker explained that the currency of their world has changed from money to time and that people who reside in Tynsham Manor should use their time more wisely. He also predicts that the place would inevitably burn down as soon as one of the people who are staying in Tynsham loses it and goes crazy. Bill couldn’t help himself and drops his optimistic views about the plays and agrees with Coker.

“All the same, unless something is done, the sighted ones here are going to crack up, It only needs that to happen to one or two of them and the place’ll be a proper mess.”

I had to concede that(pg. 129)

  • Bill found out where Michael Beadley and the other were headed and follows them to Beaminster, Dorset. He hopes to find Josella with the group.
  • On the way to Beaminster, they see an inn with a man waving a white flag. Bill goes to meet him but as soon as the man got out of the inn a triffid was waiting for him and stung him to death. Coker could not believe the intelligence Bill shared about the triffids. Coker could not help but feel easy about the  adaptability of triffid compared to a blind human.
  • Bill and Coker reached Beaminster and met a trio who does not seem to know who Michael Beadley is.  They teamed up and resided in Charcott, an old house sturdy house found in town.
  • As they all split up to find Beadley’s group, Bill witnessed the effects of the comet affect the farm animals in Beaminster.

“But the other side of the picture was not as good. There were fields in which cattle lay dead or wandered blindly and untended cows lowed in pain. Where sheep in their easy discouragement had stood resignedly to die rather than pull themselves free from bramble or barbed wires, and other sheep grazed erratically or starved helplessly with looks of reproach in their blind eyes. Farms were becoming unpleasant places for me to pass closely.” (pg. 136)

  • They did not find Michael Beadley’s group, but instead they found small parties of humans who did not choose to team up with Coker but instead wait for the Americans to come and rescue them.
  • Coker and the trio ended the search, Coker and the trio decided to go back to Tynsham Manor. Coker suspects that Ms. Durrant might have purposely led them the wrong way but he plans to recapture Tynsham Manor and utilize its farmland as a means of surviving in the near future.
  • Bill does not give  up his search and remembers that Josella might be in Sussex Downs.
  • Bill and Coker split up and Bill makes his way to Sussex Downs.

Themes: 

Greed and disaster – As Bill was wandering around looking for Michael Beadley’s group he sees the carnivorous triffids waiting for their prey to die and realizes that it was partly humankind’s fault for extracting and propagating the triffids all over the world.

“I saw them now with a disgust that they had never roused in me before . Horrible alien things which some of us had somehow created, and which the rest of us, in our careless greed, had cultured all over the world. One could not even blame nature for them. Somehow they had been bred–just as we had bred for ourselves beautiful flowers or grotesque parodies of dogs… I began to loathe them mow on account of more than their carrion-eating habits for they, more than anything else, seemed able to profit and flourish on our disaster…” (pg. 137)

Isolation – Bill continues to look for Josella and Michael but he has found nothing. His failure to find any living human besides the triffids and the frenzied sheep leaves him hopeless and lonely.

“As the day went on, my sense of loneliness grew. On any hill or rise I stopped to examine the country as far as field glasses would show me… Nowhere could I see a sign of living human beings.”(pg. 137)

Thoughts:

I think the entertainment girl is delusional, I don’t know how she could aspire to become famous after a catastrophe like this happened. Even if the Americans  or someone else did come to help, their first priority is to possibly rebuild the human race and kill the triffids. This could take years so I guess she should hold off on her idea of becoming a famous Hollywood actress for a while. I admire her conviction to become a star, at least she hasn’t gone crazy yet. While they were in Beaminster, the humans that they met there had the notion that the Americans are coming to save them. I don’t think the Americans would come lol, I think that they shouldn’t rely on a third party and just carry their own weight. I predict that these people aren’t going to last long.

Ms. Durrant might have purposely led them to the wrong path but I’d like to think that it was not on purpose; since she is a woman of God or something. Maybe Michael Beadley’s group did head through Beaminster but just passed to continue on to another part of England.  I can’t wait to read what will happen next at Tynsham Manor, to be honest I hope everyone there is dead. I don’t know why but if everyone did die then I might get some answers on the unknown disease. I don’t know if the author will reveal anything more about Tynsham Manor until maybe Bill and Coker meet again since this book is narrated in first person

Chapter 13: Journey in Hope

Setting: 

Bill is on his way to Sussex Downs, England.

Rainy and Muddy.

Characters:

Bill – He does not give up his search for Josella, the feeling of isolation and loneliness is bringing him down and messing with his head. He does not give up and I admire that about him. If I was him, I wouldn’t give up too until I find someone because it’s hard being alone. He describes his loneliness as,

“To deprive a gregarious creature of companionship is to maim it, to outrage its nature. The prisoner and the cenobite are aware that the herd exists beyond their exile; they are an aspect of it. But when the herd no longer exists, there is, for the herd creature, no longer entity. He is part of no whole, a freak without a place. If he cannot hold onto his reason, then he is lost indeed: most utterly and most fearfully lost, so that he becomes no more than the twitch in the limb of a corpse.” (pg. 144)

Susan – Bill sees her as he was driving down Sussex county, her parents were killed a few days after the catastrophe. Her brother also died after being stung by a Triffid. She now travels with Bill.

Josella – reunited with Bill she feels very happy.

“Oh, Bill. I can’t–Oh, my dear, I’ve been hoping so much…Oh, Bill…” said Josella. (pg. 151)

Plot Details:

  • Bill’s desire to find companionship keeps him from turning back to Coker and residing at Tynsham Manor.
  • He meets a young girl named Susan and decides to take responsibility and take care of her.
  • Bill did not know that the Sussex downs was a very spacious, he does not know where to begin to look for Josella.
  • They stopped and relaxed in the car, Susan notices a flash of light.
  • Bill heads in the direction of the light, he does not know morse code but now he is sure that there is someone there.
  • Bill arrives at a house and finally meets Josella.

Thoughts:

I liked that the author describes the effect of isolation to our mind. I don’t think a lot of authors do that in the post-apocalyptic genre. They are more of “what’s going to happen next?” I think most Post-apocalyptic authors tend to focus on plot development because that’s how the readers might get their feel of the book. It’s nice to have some effects on the human mind illustrated. Finally they met, I was becoming tired of Bill’s moping for Josella just because they were separated so suddenly. But then again, the world they knew ended.

———————————Chapter 14: Shirning——————————-

Setting:

A country farm called Shirning, located in Sussex Downs.

Characters:

Bill –  Reunited with Josella he feels better. He keeps in mind Coker’s practical ideas.

Josella – Unsure of the future causes her to feel depressed but with Bill she pushes through.

Previous Inhabitants of the Shirning Farm House:

Dennis Brent-  owner of Shirning Farm, very independent and self-reliant. Survived a walk to the town with no vision and triffids everywhere. Desperate to learn braille and does not seem to take pity nicely.

Mary Brent – expecting a baby, depressed because she can’t see her baby

Joyce Taylor –  lost her vision with Dennis and Mary. Stuck in denial, contemplating what is really happening. Very sick after being stung by a triffid.

Plot Details:

  • Bill, wants the group that he found in Shirning Farm and Josella to go to Trynsham Manor. He disregards his plan until Mary Brent gives birth to her child.
  • Bill thought that the farm was very independent and useful on it own, Coker’s wisdom rings in his head:

“With its own well and its own power plant, the place had plenty to recommend it–but as I looked it over I understood Coker’s wisdom in speaking of co-operative effort. I knew nothing of farming, but I could feel that if we had intended to stay there it would take a lot of work to feed the six of us.” (pg. 152)

  • The day after the green flashes(comet), Dennis made his way to town to try to find food for his wife and Joyce.
  • Discovered that his house was surrounded by triffids.
  • Survived the stingers of the triffids as he made his way to town. He found Josella as he was almost lost walking back to the house.
  • Josella was on her way back to the tower to search for Bill, she hears a gunshot and sees Coker. She does not inspect the tower, feels that it was a trap. She makes her way to Sussex Downs and waited for Bill there.
  • Mary gives birth to her child but is sad that she can’t see her baby.
  • Josella breaks down, and seeks Bill’s comfort.
  • Three weeks later, Bill discovers that Tynsham is dead, over run by the plague.
  • Bill and Josella decide to live their lives as an unofficial married couple in Shirning Farm. They also give up on help from the outside. (America, I guess?)

Literary Devices:

Flashback – The events that took place in Shirning farm and how Josella got to Shirning farm were explained.

Simile – I like what Bill says here, I think it shows that he is ready to move forward and live the present. It shows that he has regained hope with the birth of Mary’s child. Which is pretty symbolic too in my opinion, Mary’s child can signify the new life that everyone is starting to live after the green flashes/comet.

“It’s queer,” I said, “The way things go on, I mean. Like a seed–it looks all shriveled and finished, you’d think it was dead, but it isn’t And now a new life starting, coming into this…” (pg. 158)

Thoughts:

Josella and Bill would’ve met if she just hadn’t seen Coker but then the story would’ve ended because that was one of the conflict set up by the author. However I am happy that they have met and some answers were given to me. I was wondering all throughout the book on when they would say what happened to Josella. Of course I  hoped that she wasn’t dead because I would’ve stopped reading this book and stopped writing this jounal but it all turned out for the better.

                     —————————————–Chapter 15: World Narrowing—————————————–

Setting:

Shirning Farm, Sussex Downs

Characters: 

Bill– He has committed himself to building a life in Shirning. He feels complete that Josella is with him and resumed a normal lifestyle.

Josella- Haves a baby named David, feels the same as Bill although worries about the future of their child.

Susan – She has grown quite well, harboring an intense hatred to triffids. Bill and Josella could now rely on her.

Dennis – Still tries to cope with his blindness but tries his best to not be dead-weight.

Plot Details:

  • About six years have passed, Bill has been slowly fortifying the farm house against triffids and maybe other gangs.
  • Josella haves a baby with Bill.
  • The noise that Bill makes trying to secure the farm attracts A LOT of triffids. They try to burn or kill most of the triffid around the house to lessen their numbers.
  • The triffids seem to be very sensitive to noise and their rattling might have been a method of communicating with other triffids.
  • Bill contemplates that the green flashes might not have been a comet, instead it was one of the satellites the government built. He reasons that the green flashes might have possibly contained radioactive material or a bacteria that sprayed on everyone’s eyes hence the loss of vision everyone experienced and the plague that was killing everybody.
  • Bill thinks that it may be on purpose but he has no proof only a notion, Josella is in disbelief but does not dismiss Bill’s idea.
  • Their discussion is halted by a helicopter flying above their car. They quickly head back to their farm.
  • Bill feels a tinge of jealousy upon seeing the helicopter, he thought that it may have been a bit unfair to have someone living in a better position than they are.

Literary Devices:

Irony – Bill says that humans are friendly creatures at heart but at the same time they feel jealousy over the littlest things.

“Was there a tinge of jealousy there?… And it also made us aware that, lucky as we had been, we were still gregarious creature by nature.” (pg. 178)

Thoughts and Connections:

I knew it, I was almost sure that the comet wasn’t just a comet because normally comets wouldn’t have lasted for that long. Now I know the significance of the satellites hoisted up by the government into space meant. In the earlier chapters of the book, I didn’t see any significance between the short supply of food, the satellites and the desire for the best oil. Now I do, I don’t know why I hadn’t realized it sooner. I believe that Bill is right, the governments are very selfish and with the low supply of food they possibly bred triffids to give them more food. They also might have had used the satellite to kill off some of the population of the earth because then there wouldn’t be any food left and they might have realized that triffid oil would soon run out too if they hadn’t disposed some humans. I think the comet is man-made it was caused by humans to affect other humans. This is similar to the nuclear bombing in Japan I don’t know what happened with that one but I’ll research it later. I pretty sure the purpose of the nuclear bombing wasn’t to kill off some of the population for food.

                        ————————————Chapter 16,17: Contact, Strategic Withdrawal ————————————

Setting:

Shirning Farm, Sussex Downs

Characters:

Bill-  feels that the future would be hard with the triffid population growing.

Josella-  She completely relies on Bill for making decisions, she has grown attached to the farm but does not plan on staying there.

Dennis –  Very reluctant to leave his farm and all his belongings. He hangs on to his past life and the farm.

Ivan Simpson – Elpseth Cary’s friend who could fly a helicopter. Bill does not notice him at first but describes him as:

“He was tall, fair and sunburned. At first glance I had a feeling that I had seen him somewhere before . He waved and grinned cheerfully as we hurried across.” (pg. 176)

Torrence – The self-erected leader of the southeastern emergency council of  Britain. Bill recognizes him as the red-headed man who he ran while he was scrounging way back in Hampstead. Bill thinks that he is not good news. He explains to Josella the methods that Torrence likes to take, “I told her what I knew of Torrence and his method of dealing with trouble by shooting it early.” (pg. 188)

Plot Details:

  • The pilot of the helicopter was none other than Ivan who was part of Michael Beadley’s group. Susan got his attention by lighting their wood supply on fire.
  • Ivan sends a message from Michael saying that his party apologizes that he did not see the danger of the triffids much earlier.
  • He explains that his group remained in Oxfordshire after London. The triffids were rampaging there and they realized that it was no longer safe to stay in the mainland. They decided to live in the Isles of Wight, with a natural protection of the ocean.
  • Coker was found a few years before Bill and now currently residing in the Isles of Wight. Ivan explains that they had a hard time losing the plague but in the end they were safe from it as they moved from one district to another.
  • With the threat of the triffids growing, Ivan asks Bill and his group if they want to come and live with them in the Isles of Wight as researchers.
  • Bill decides to stay until  the end of the summer in Shirning then move to the Isles.
  • After a few days they were met by an unofficial official feudal group headed by Torrence in their house.
  • Torrence tried to impose laws to Bill’s group that did not sit well with Bill and Josella. Bill realizes the danger of staying longer in Shirning and decides to head over to the Isles of Wight early.
  • Bill tricks Torrence to sleep and  leaves his group to the triffids as he drives away.

“The triffids had discovered that the gate was done. By blend of moonlight and reflected headlight we could see their dark, slender forms already in ungainly procession into the yard while others came lurching down the backs of the lane to follow them…”(pg. 91)

Thoughts:

So the book is done, and I’ve finished reading it. The book is pretty good but I would prefer his other book, The Chrysalids better. Most of his books seem to be connected to a war. The book is fairly easy to understand, the plot was good. Since this book was written in the early 50s, I could tell that some books  today have some elements based on The Day of The Triffids. For it’s time, it’s pretty well written, maybe that is why it’s pretty famous in the post-apocalyptic genre. I wish that the author showed more of their journey to the Isles but then again the plot might lose some of its essence. My favourite character is Josella, I like her conviction to do things, she is a strong, determined woman and I like that. Usually after I read a book, I would have this strong feeling attached to the book. For this book however, I feel neutral, I don’t know why but it is weird. Either because I have to do a reader journal about it or just plain indifferent. I knew that the red-headed young man would appear but I didn’t expect it to be in that way; an authoritative, self-declared leader. On the other hand, I expected Michael’s group to have survived, they were prepared and practical. They possessed the right attitude. I also find the exploitation of the those who have vision funny, I thought it was ironic in a way because in reality those who are not as lucky are the ones who are exploited.

Most of the questions that I had for this book were answered except for Palanguez, I wish the author had explained more of what happened to him and how the triffids really came to be. It might have messed the story up a little bit but It wouldn’t been nice to know so that the question does not remain at the back of my mind. Overall, I think this book was a 3.5-4.0 out of 5.0. Its one of those times when you set really high expectations for a book that when you decide to read it, it falls a little bit short. I expected so much out of this book but I never really got what I expected. Although, after reading the book and having time to process what really happened, I had this dark feeling that bothered me because it could somehow happen to us. Its like the thought is bothering me  but at the same time its not. I also found out that this book has a recent movie based on it so I guess I’m going to watch that and maybe compare both mediums together.

Important Quotations:

Some important quotations that I might have overlooked:

Bill contemplates what is happening to the world and he leaves with a lot of questions.

“You know, one of the most shocking things about it is to realize how easily we have lost a world that seemed so safe and certain.”

“But I can see, too, that the more obviously humane course is also, probably, the road to suicide. Should we spend our time in prolonging misery when we believe that there is no chance of saving the people in the end? Would that be the best use to make of ourselves?”

Josella thinks that the severity of the tragedy was a good thing because if there had been more people with their vision, there would be much more quarrel as one view contradicts another

“All this” – she waved her hand around – “it’s done something to me. It’s like suddenly seeing everything differently. And one of the things I think I see is that those of us who get through are going to be much nearer to one another, more dependent on one another, more like – well, more like a tribe than we ever were before.”

Moral:

The moral of the story took me quite a while before I figured it out. I think the triffids were only an object used to contrast what really is wrong with the world that Bill lived in. The true monsters of the story were not the triffids but the humans. The book dropped hints on how we humans can turn very ugly and more destructive than the triffids when we have nowhere else to go. It is how we humans think less of the consequences that come of our actions. In the book we were foolish enough to breed the triffids and create destructive satellites that caused loss of vision and uncontrollable, deadly moving plants. In the book, our lust for power also showed some consequences , a prime example of this is Torrence’s death, he wanted to have control over people but he ended up becoming food for the triffids. The triffids may be a symbolic representation of our selfish vices and how it can swallow us whole.

——————————CREATIVE PIECE—————————–

Journal of Walter Lucknor

Archived by Elspeth Cary

I have started my Journal–this journal quite late as a means of compiling history for generations to come… Ms. Cary has not stopped pestering me about it—this, since the day I have arrived. Writing journals is a waste of paper but in this world what will be the use of paper? Everyone must have thought of me as a fool or a simpleton but they know that I’m right. Paper is very useful and must not be wasted, we currently don’t know how to make paper therefore it is an essential to be preserved. Stories or myths that are shared from person to person should be shared by oral tradition, I would make an exception for this one on the event that every adult who remembers the tragedy dies. Highly unlikely but we’ve got walking plants and orbiting satellites around earth; nothing would ever seem too far-fetched now.

To anyone who is reading this, please do not make the mistake that everything happened in one day. I have lost track of time and would rather forget about it. Most of those who have survived have kept their habits of keeping time intact, I however cared less about time and focused on the situation at hand. Time is the current currency of this neo-world, our primary objective today is to forge a path of extinction for the triffids whose stings are fatal enough to disable a man within minutes. Besides the occasional attack of the savage, self-declared ‘leaders’ of the mainland, the situation with the triffids seem to be much more pressing. I am quite sure that those who live in the mainland are having a harder time dealing with the triffids themselves so I doubt they would be coming back here any time soon. I consider myself lucky to have been found by that boy, Ivan Simpson. If not for him and his helicopter I would’ve died of dehydration by now. But I didn’t, I survived in isolation and kept my vision.

Most people would discredit my memory of the beginning of the end, I am just a simpleton whose only redeeming quality resides in my understanding of the triffids. All I can say is that who would forget the greatest tragedy on earth?

Journal Entry #1: Erratic behavior

The day of the green flashes, I was in the laboratory conducting my usual experiments on my beloved triffids, as menacing as they are, they are the only ones that I understood the most. I was supposed to visit William in the evening to check if he feels better and convince him not to give up his job with the triffids. Once again, I have lost track of time and it was almost night, it frustrated me. How many times have I lost track of time and forgotten about all my other appointments? When will I ever learn? I knew the answer to that one very clearly, I won’t. William and I have told each other our share of embarrassing moments that we have had to live down until the end of the world. One of mine was that I have missed my own wedding. My detachment to time had only one cause and it has always been the same reason, the same reason applied at that time when I missed my appointment with William in the hospital; my obsession with the triffids.

I was on my way out of the lab, the triffids stopped me. They say that animals know when a disaster is coming, like a storm for example. Birds would be quiet and hide in their trees and nest. The usual sounds of the forest hide, as the animals take shelter from the coming disaster; the calm before the storm I think. I have hypothesized that the triffids have some sort of intelligence or instinct present in them. The way they patter and rattle their sticks to their stem is some sort of communication. It is only a theory but I feel that I am quite right. The way they rattle the sticks attached to their stem simultaneously make it look like they are conversing. The pattern at which they tap on their stems is almost like Morse code. One triffid taps, stops and waits for the neighbouring triffid to tap on their stem. Relating the triffid’s ability to communicate with each other and the way animals tend to sense a disaster coming, the triffids started tapped on their stems so vigorously it was almost as if they have gone mad, it was almost as if they sense something coming. I knew I couldn’t leave the lab, this information was much too valuable. At that time the sun was almost set in the horizon and the darkness grew. I decided to stay, I figured that William wouldn’t have minded being alone in his room for the night, he is probably tired. I continued to observe the triffids for an hour or two. I have never seen the triffids so ‘excited’, most of the time, at that hour they would be quietly rooting themselves to the ground preparing for the next day but no, that time it seemed different like something special was going to happen.

I was too engrossed with the trifffids that I failed to notice the commotion that was happening outside the lab. I was hearing a lot of, “Ooos” and “Aahhs”. I retracted the blinds that covered the windows. The room was engulfed in a green light, the light scared me, after a couple of seconds I quickly covered the windows and returned to observing the triffids. The light did not sit well with me, there was something very ominous about it that I can’t put my finger on and I disregarded it because at that moment the triffids were all I could think about.

The next day I did my usual daily drive and arrived in Picadilly, I began to feel panicked. The scene was not what you could call civilized, everyone was groping their way around, and I don’t know why I thought it was funny. It bothered me however when people started to break glasses of the stores and stole the food. Soon I realized that everyone has gone blind, I am much too dense, I should’ve noticed earlier; people groping their way around, tapping stick in front of them as they walked, and unceremoniously bumping into each other repeatedly. It was so obvious yet I did not notice, I drove back to the lab and shut myself in the storage room. Hours passed and I did not know what to do, I was hysterical, was I the only one left that was not blind? I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent holed up in the storage room but I came back to my senses when I heard glass break. I opened the door, what occurred was unbelievable to me, the triffids broke out of the green house that enclosed them. They wandered aimlessly around the lab and I knew that if I had a chance of getting out, I had to be suited well. Luckily, I locked myself up in the storage room where all the anti-triffid gadgets and suits are available, I guess I wasn’t that hopeless after all. I walked cautiously and confidently out of the storage room and not a moment has passed when a triffid lashed its whip-like stinger at me. I ran to my truck and drove south, after a few hours, I decided to spend the night in my car. I was too tired to even think about anything and dozed off.

The sun came out early and I stocked up on gas and food supplies, that sleep restored my troubled mind. I continued to drive south, it did not take long till another menacing scene presented itself before me. At the same time I was fascinated by what I saw and disgusted by it. It appears that the triffids have some sort of knowledge in herding. I remember what I told William two years ago and it has somehow come true. If humans were to lose their sight, humans would not be able to last a second against a triffid who has adapted to a sightless world. The scene was grotesque, the triffid picked off the groping humans and herded the rest. It mortified me, somewhere at the back of my mind I knew that the triffids were ‘excited’ the night before because they somehow knew that something like this was going to happen. It scared me and I knew that I might soon befall the same fate as those that were herded. Triffids were plant base and I knew that they hate salt water so I drove east to the harbour, to the Port of Droven and there I spent my six years waiting for someone to come and someone did.

Who knew that remembering all these have made me yearn for the past, I am a hypocrite, I lose track of time to forget the times that have hurt me.

Sincerely yours,

Walter Lucknor

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