Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Escape

Let us analyze the escape. I am rereading it while blogging. Mark and Theor converse:

"'Could you overcome your guard?'
"'I am hobbled and my hands are bound. He has a pike and dagger.'
"The answer flashed into Theor even as he waited."
-Poul Anderson, Three Worlds To Conquer (London, 1966), Chapter 9, p. 67.

A moment of realization! That is a good start. Then:

Mark and Theor plan;
Theor looks out of the booth;
the guard growls and jabs;
Theor exclaims and points;
the guard looks around;
Theor tosses the communicator disc;
transmission lag;
Mark wails through the disc;
the guard leaps;
the disc reflects a lightning flash;
(that thunder storm was more than pathetic fallacy);
the guard jabs at the disc with his pike;
lurching forward, Theor draws the guard's sheathed knife and stabs with it;
they fight;
the guard dies;
holding the pike between his foreknees, Theor cuts the bonds on his wrists;
with the knife, he cuts the hobbles on his legs;
taking the belt, sheath, knife, pike and communicator, he runs to the beach and takes a boat;
one of the invaders' large, black, long-necked sea beasts pursues him;
end of chapter...

Not bad. Imagine it as the "cliff hanger" ending of a cinema serial installment.

3 comments:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Plainly, Chalkhiz made a mistake confining Theor to the communications booth! Allowing Theor access to abilities the Ulunt-Khazul did not yet fully grasp. The warmaster should have stashed Theor in an EMPTY booth.

Sean

Paul Shackley said...

Sean,
Theor had the human-made communicator on a chain round his neck. Superstition may have prevented his captors from removing it.
Paul.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Either superstition or simply not understanding what the communicator was.

Sean