Synopsis for “Quicksand”
Two brothers own an estate out on the moor, but one wishes to destroy the other blind one that he may possess it all. He pretends to show good will to the blind brother and offers to take him out for a walk onto the moor. He leads him to a pit of quicksand and then shouts about running off some poachers and leaves his brother alone. When the man stumbles into the quicksand, the other brother is overjoyed and makes his way back to the house. That evening, he feels guilty and cannot sleep. He thinks he hears a noise upon the stairs. To his horror, the door opens and a thing covered in wet sand slowly advances upon him. He backs away, towards the open window. It turns out the blind brother was rescued by leprechauns that live under the bog and they offer to repair his sight if he stays with them for a week. He is overjoyed and wishes to tell his brother once his sight is repaired he will do what he always wanted to do and go out to sea, so he’ll have to give his half of the estate to him. He is puzzled when his brother doesn’t respond. Even though he got what he wanted, he didn’t get to enjoy it since he was so terrified by what he took to be his brother’s corpse seeking revenge he fell out the window down to the courtyard far below.