Saturday, 18 June 2016
Yrsa And Edh II
"This was a windy day." (Hrolf Kraki's Saga, p. 70)
The characters feel and maybe hear the wind.
"Sunlight speared through hurrying clouds, sheened on the waters, then was gone again as shadow swept across the world."
They see shafts of sunlight, wind-driven clouds and light and shadow on water.
Sound, indeed noise.
"...rushed afresh, gray, green, and steel-blue."
"The wind whistled..., roared...and soughed..."
The wind is indeed heard - as are gulls.
"It was cold and tasted of salt..."
So we know how the wind feels - and tastes. The only sense not addressed is smell.
When Edh and Heidhin see the Roman ship, tall clouds are:
"...dazzlingly white, in a blue without bounds." (Time Patrol, p. 586)
Sight, with two intense colors.
"Light and heat fell from the sun like rain."
Heat as well as light. I have never found them compared to rain before.
Poppies are red and gorse is yellow.
"...they caught a scorched smell of spurrey; bees hummed in a silence through which larksong drifted earthward; then wings racketed, a grouse hastened low overhead..."
The scent of a plant and four appeals to the sense of hearing: humming bees, singing lark, racketing wings and silence.
Sight, heat, a smell and sounds - only the sense of taste is not addressed.