Wednesday, 29 November 2017
A Disguised Moment Of Realization?
"'A praiseworthy attitude when our side has it,' Fraser remarked with a sardonicism that was acrid in his mouth.
"Hoshi regarded him out of narrowed slant eyes. 'What do you mean by that, Mark?'
"'Nothing. Forget it.'"
-Poul Anderson, Three Worlds To Conquer (London, 1966), Chapter 6, pp. 46-47.
(I googled "sardonicism" because it is one of those words that I recognize but this time I wanted to get a more precise meaning.)
Nothing? Ordinary conversation is full of unexplained, unfinished or interrupted remarks but, in a novel, every word and phrase is there for a reason. This remark does not seem to refer to anything that has happened so I expect that it prepares us for something that is still to come. Will Fraser later take a big risk to defeat the enemy?