Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Conflict has ended.
"The weather had cleared for a while..." (p. 106)
Conflict will resume.
"...though fresh thunderheads were piling up in the north, blue-black masses where lightning winked." (ibid.)
A military lesson is common to this novel and to Anderson's "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth": if the enemy has just gained an advantage and has relaxed and if it is possible to gather enough forces to mount a sudden and unexpected counterattack, then it might be possible to turn the tide of battle.
In my school days, a Rugby team scored and got ahead shortly before the final whistle and thought that they had won. The other team immediately counterattacked, scored and got ahead and then the referee blew the final whistle.