Onlookers looked on, raising not so much as finger, at the spectacle of a lady slowly sinking into a deep pit of faeces, even as she screamed for assistance; the unfortunate lady was walking past an uncovered pit of nightsoil, when she slipped and fell in, and was unable to get back out, nearly drowning in her ordeal.
She was eventually rescued from her predicament by the fire brigade, in the nick of time, as her cries had subsided and she had sunk in the noxious sludge up to her head. The pit itself had an opening only a metre in diameter, but was evidently perilously deep.
The bystanders who watched the entire scene from start to finish were apparently greatly amused.
At least she didn’t drown (or suffocate?).
Anyone familiar with the case of Kitty Genovese, and a thousand others, probably will not be surprised by this sort of thing (although we might also unkindly attribute this to it being China), especially in a case involving bad smells rather than the mere possibility of being covered in blood, but in this case matters take a more lurid note. On another note, what a delightful city Beijing is to have such open holes filled with filth…