Tuesday, 3 May 2016
City Of Fable
Rufinus: "'Ys...You've been there.'" (Gallicenae, p. 54)
Gratillonius: "'I've operated in the area.'" (He is King of Ys!)
Rufinus: "'Ys, the city of fable - I've never been yon way, of course...'"
Rufinus (later): "'You're a deeper one than you make out...I'd give a bit to learn what your business really is.'" (p. 55)
We see Ys both as a physical location and as a fable at the same time.
Two points of interest:
Ysans have been calling Gratillonius "Grallon" but Rufinus, when drunk, is the first to say "Gradlon";
the Bacaudae are a brotherhood of resistance to Roman oppression.
We will see a great deal more of Rufinus as the story of Ys proceeds.