Sunday, 26 July 2015
"In The Presence Of Innocence"
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), pp. 6-7.
But innocence lost is the consistent theme of the Time Patrol series:
Everard and Whitcomb must sabotage Stane's plan for world peace;
Whitcomb succumbs to the temptation to change the past and must leave the Patrol;
Everard, shaken by his encounter with a Danellian, is judged to be "...unfit for steady work..." (Time Patrol, p. 53) and must retrain as an Unattached;
after fourteen years as Cyrus the Great, Keith Denison must relearn how to live in a cramped apartment with Cynthia;
Everard learns that the Patrol itself adjusts the past;
he and Van Sarawak must prevent Deirdre's timeline from coming into existence;
Everard must tell Carl to betray his followers;
Everard has learned better than to return to the Midwest of his youth;
he remembers a golden summer in Amsterdam...;
Wanda learns the consequences of intervening in past events.
Thus, Everard and his colleagues learn from experience that innocence is transitory.