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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Falling softly, softly falling

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Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves.

Another snowy day on the East Coast. I've been working on novel edits all day and my eyes are getting all bleary, so time to venture out into the whirling white flakes and try to stumble to the gym and grocery stores before it gets too dark.

My favorite literary snowfalls are the obvious ones: Robert Frost and James Joyce. There's a wonderful snowy night in "Emma" in which our characters dine at the Westons and poor Mr. Elton is rejected in the carriage home. And there are dozens more. "The Giver" "To Light a Fire" "Sarah Plain and Tall"...

What, to you, are the most memorable snow scenes in literature?

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  1. Obviously my mind jumps right to Christmas stuff, so first off I thought of Little Women. The opening scenes and the ice skating/Amy nearly drowning sequence. Good stuff.
    Also there's Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening for the poetry-minded.

  2. Anonymous9:13 PM

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