Friday, 23 June 2017

Indian Summer II

Poul Anderson's Dominic Flandry does two things with Indian summer and autumn;

describes them beautifully;
uses them as an appropriate metaphor for stages in the decline of Technic civilization.

For both, see here.

SM Stirling's Mathilda Arminger experiences an Indian Summer:

"Indian Summer here in the Kickapoo Valley had a dishevelled beauty not quite like anything back home, full of a sadness that was like a recollection of childhood..."
-SM Stirling, The Sword Of The Lady (New York, 2009), Chapter Thirteen, p. 375.

We are told that she does not recollect her actual childhood:

"...but somehow the world itself embodying the feeling the memory brought. The security she'd felt at [her father's] effortless strength, the bitterness not just of loss, but loss of that child's innocent trust." (ibid.)

Innocence lost is the pervading theme of Anderson's Time Patrol series. See here.

Stirling goes on to describe the Indian Summer:

"The leaves were still a mantle of old birch gold and maple crimson, lit at their tops with the last light..." (ibid.)

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

The bit about the disheveled beauty of the Kickapoo Valley in Indian Summer reminded me as well of how Tolkien described Ithilien showing "a disheveled Dryad loveliness" at the beginning of spring in THE LORD OF THE RINGS.