Sunday, 22 May 2016
"'Must Ys burn for want of knowledge?'"
-Poul and Karen Anderson, Dahut, Chapter XV, section 1, p. 322.
However, she adds:
"'Lir would only drown us.'" (ibid.)
I think that we have all heard of demonic laughter? When Dahut fails yet again to seduce Budic and he has left, she is at first annoyed but then:
"Suddenly she began to laugh. Long and loud she laughed, hands on hips, head turned to the ceiling..." (p. 323)
I had read something like that before. CS Lewis' villains, Frost and Wither, literally communicate with demons. After talking to each other for a while, they suddenly become:
"...locked in an embrace from which each seemed to be struggling to escape. And as they swayed and scrabbled with hand and nail, there arose, shrill and faint at first, a cackling noise that seemed in the end rather an animal than a senile parody of laughter."
-CS Lewis, That Hideous Strength (London, 1955), p. 147.