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…a meteor would crackle from darkness to darkness trailing a shower of sparks behind. Then they could see the ridged and furrowed surface of the floe all tipped and laced with strange colours – red, copper, and bluish; but in the ordinary starlight everything turned to one frost-bitten gray …


This is from “Quiquern” in The Second Jungle Book.

There is a desperately hard winter in the Arctic, and a little group of Inuit people are starving. Kotuko and a companion are sledging across the ice towards the sea in search of the seals.