TCD MS 10515 folio 116 verso
soon crushed in the onslaught. I retrieved what I could of my belongings, sat patiently in the gale and tried to look out into the night. So charged was the atmosphere with electricity that whenever I could open my eyes I could see the spikes of the tent-poles glowing with bright lights. The heat of the wind was intense, almost burning; it was like the blast of heat from the mouth of a great furnace. I cannot believe that this was actually the hot air but was due rather to the contact of the skin with the innumberable granules of hot sand that permeated the atmosphere and came with the rushing wind. Finally a few drops of rain fell; the fury gradually lessened and the storm ceased.