The Man and the Snake

Short Story by Ambrose Bierce
It is of veritabyll report, and attested of so many that there be nowe
of wyse and learned none to gaynsaye it, that y'e serpente hys eye
hath a magnetick propertie that whosoe falleth into its svasion is
drawn forwards in despyte of his wille, and perisheth miserabyll by
y'e creature hys byte.