Saturday, 22 September 2012
Peace And War
Hadding leads a fleet that harries the Wends and returns with booty because:
"...he could not well keep strength in being if he never used it." (p. 229)
Eventually, Hadding's peace is broken. Anderson shows how an outlaw with a big enough following may challenge a king, law breaker potentially becoming law maker.
Anderson's readers become used to noting what he is doing with language, particularly in the rhythm. In an earlier book, much of the dialogue was blank verse sometimes ending with a rhyme despite being laid out as prose. When told that the outlaw Tosti is leading an invasion, Hadding comments:
" 'We have heard of him before...Soon the world will hear no more.' " (p. 238)
Readers expecting only prose might miss this rhyming couplet.