Thursday, 13 August 2015
"The early sunset smoldered above the forest." (Time Patrol, p. 610)
There are intimations of death as the opening paragraph continues:
"Boughs were like black bones athwart it. Puddles in field and paddock glowed dull red with it..." (ibid.)
Thus, branches resemble bones and water resembles blood.
"...beneath a greenish sky as cold as the wind that eddied whimpering across them." (ibid.)
A cold whimpering wind does not incline us to anticipate a happy ending.
"A flight of crows passed. Their hoarse cries sounded for a while after the dusk had swallowed them up." (ibid.)
Flights of birds were interpreted as omens. Hoarse cries sound ominous: will the dusk that swallows the crows also swallow the characters and their hopes? That concludes this opening paragraph - the scene has been set for darkness and death.