Q. Why were people heading north? Describe their state of mind (The Eclipse).
Ans.One June night Euston Railway Station in north western London was crowded with people. They were not ordinary passengers but they had gathered there to board a train heading towards north. They were not going north on a pleasure trip. It was a strange purpose which had brought them there. They were going to Yorkshire to see the dawn. But it was not an ordinary sunrise they expected to see.
That night, it seemed, the entire population of England was travelling northward to see the dawn. The sky had become more real and important than the earth, and all these people were going north to watch the eclipse of the sun. Scattered on the slope of a hill, waiting for the dramatic rising and eclipse of the sun, they seemed to have lost their identities. They looked like statues in a pale world. They felt that they were the inhabitants of some ancient age waiting in wonder and awe to salute the sun.