unexpected and grotesque disaster crimson with feverish haste

Wiesenbornweg in Heusenstamm near Frankfurt am Main; 2014-12-22

pedestrian sign painted on tarmac road surface; photo

Man walked in fear and solemnity, with Heaven very close above his head, in the thunder and the wind. Shouts and cries from outside showed, however, that some further drama was in progress, and both Abbot and sacrist hastened onward as fast as the dignity of their office would permit, until they had passed the gates and gained the wall of the meadow. Looking over it, his straining eyes could catch no sign of those plains of freedom which he sought.

And yet another outrage!

Sir Nigel, by Arthur Conan Doyle [abridged]

behind the hedge-rows in the gloaming