Tuesday, 29 November 2016
A Bright Cool Day
Three senses in only part of a sentence!
"...of damp earth and the not-too-distant sea; the grass was green, starred with some winter flowers." (ibid.)
two contrasting smells, earth and sea;
at least two colors, green grass and unspecified flowers.
The point, however, is to contrast this natural beauty with human activity:
"It would have been a beautiful country, if war had not come by; plumes of smoke scarred the sky..." (ibid.)
Also there is "...an acrid smell of ash..." (ibid.)
Elsewhere, Poul Anderson's Manse Everard remarks:
"'Earth was a planet fit for gods, unbelievable, before civilization mucked it up.'"
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), p. 100.
It can be fit again and our descendants can be the gods.