Sunday, 11 September 2016
Sound Effects And Other Sensations
Ships pitch and roll, cordage creaks, waves lap, timbers speak and, for Reveille, a noncom bellows, "Lash and stow!" (p. 55)
In the Nantucketers' mainland outpost of Fogarty's Cove, Reveille is roosters and someone hitting a triangle. Steel screeches on wood in sawmills, hammers and adzes ring in the boatyard and gunpowder blasts stumps in newly cleared fields.
The outpost has:
a livery stable;
a blacksmith and farrier;
There are strong smells of:
Colors visible over the rooftops are:
autumnal yellow and crimson;
gold of corn;
copper leaves in a vineyard;
mist over the faded green of a pasture.
Inland farms send wagons carrying:
This is just eight years after the Event. People change their environments but they need knowledge and technology first. The Indians of Fogarty's Cove have left only such traces as would be found by archaeologists.