Tuesday, 19 July 2016
"The Freedom Of The Swan's Road"
Three senses: blueness; silence; warmth.
The two leading merpeople need a quiet walk and talk to discuss the future of their people:
"'Do you really think that we should forsake Faerie?'...We had the freedom of the swan's road.'" (p. 151)
Vanimen replies in part:
"'Our people can do well enough. Their swimming skills are in demand...'" (ibid.)
Although this text is a fantasy, it expresses real historical social changes - from a way of life that was more spontaneous and closer to nature to an economy in which populations are integrated into urban civilization where they survive by selling their skills in the market place - and, I would add, where we can preserve "...the freedom of the swan's road..." in new ways. Shakespeare's plays addressed this transition: see here.
"'In one or two hundred years, the blood of Liri will be mingled unto evanishment, the memory of Liri be a myth that no sensible man believes." (ibid.)
However, people live by remembering old myths and creating new ones.