Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Perfect Pathetic Fallacy
they are now all full citizens of the Roman Republic (Empire);
he is no longer King of Ys but a curial of Aquilo with responsibility for former Ysans;
he must collect (ruinous) taxes, enforce laws and return runaway slaves to where they belong.
How does the citizenry respond? Maeloch spits. Bomatin glares. Bannon clutches his knife. And how does nature respond? It always does in an Anderson text.
The Dog And The Wolf, Chapter XII, section 2, ends with short excerpts from Gratillonius' speech, then with a single concluding sentence expressing perfect pathetic fallacy:
"The wind scattered his words with the dead leaves." (p. 240)
We become very familiar with dead leaves as with the wind. Where does Flandry encounter them?