Friday, 8 July 2016
The Wisdom Of The Immortals
Neil Gaiman's immortal Englishman, Hob Gadling, is:
"Old enough to have learned to keep my mouth shut about seeing a bloody great snake in the middle of the ocean."
-Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Worlds' End (New York, 1994), p. 89.
So the people who know the truth about King Arthur and the Sea Serpent do not tell anyone!
Hob tells the cabin boy, Jim, who he can see is a girl:
"Given time, you'll spin a yarn of what we saw in the ocean. Given time I'll tell the tale of the handsome cabin boy. But given enough time and the right audience, the darkest of secrets scum over into mere curiosities." (p. 90)
And that is the advice that Manse Everard gives to younger Time Patrol members when they have openly intervened in the ancient world.