Wednesday, 29 July 2015
"The Last Act"
By "We...," Farness here means not human beings in general but Time Patrol agents in particular. Why them in particular? Because he has just made a, to him, instantaneous jump from 372 to 1935. Every member of his family in the fourth century is long dead.
Manse Everard must live with the same fact. In 1987, he thinks:
"...the calender said that tonight [Bronwen] lay twenty-nine hundred years dust, and there should be an end of the matter." (The Shield Of Time, p. 4)
We have become very familiar with the concept of leaping across the centuries but what would be the human consequences?