Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Four Senses In The Bahamas
"They...turned to look at the mansion. The hot Bahamian sun beat down, and the air smelled of sea and pine and sand, huge and clean. The sound of breakers on the reef came faintly over the roof."
-SM Stirling, Drakon (New York, 2000), p. 397.
Does this author consciously and deliberately address four senses or does any skilled writer automatically do so? -
the sight of a large, beautiful home;
the heat that we enjoy on holidays in such locations;
three clean smells;
the sound of the sea, not threateningly loud but safely faint.
"'And now it's all ours...'" (ibid.)
A happy ending, deserved by the characters and the reader, especially after the previous three volumes.
"Hand in hand, they walked under the arched gateway. The ironwork Drakon flared its wings above, its empty eyes staring out into the sun." (p. 398)
The Drakon flares its wings menacingly but its eyes are empty before the sun of a world free from the Domination.