Saturday, 21 May 2016
A Last Look At Ys
Dahut has persuaded Queen Vindilis to banish Rufinus from Ys for at least a year. Rufinus has skillfully persuaded Gratillonius to send him on a long secret service mission into the hostile Roman Empire, first as a courier, then in whatever lowly role he can find. All the pieces for the destruction of Ys fall into place:
their instrument, Dahut;
young challengers on her behalf;
Gratillonius advises the departing Rufinus:
"'Take your last look at Ys.'
"Rufinus sat a long while gazing back at the city where it gleamed against heaven and Ocean."
-Dahut, Chapter XII, section 3, p. 275.
By now, we are familiar with the gleaming city. A comparable fictional city is Susan Howatch's "...radiant, ravishing Starbridge."