Warning: Contains Spoilers!
So was set in motion a power greater than any other, unto which they too were bound and could not escape.
Aufwader’s Thoughts: I’ve often written of Mr Jarvis’ talent for blending the vast and grandiose with the harsh and mundane, and Angelo’s little ritual with The Kismet is an excellent example of that.
The scene would be compelling enough on its own – a portrait of a man beset with trauma and obsession, praying to anything he can for a slim chance at life. In this context, however, Angelo is literally invoking the Fates, of whom we have already had the not especially comforting acquaintance. Will ‘those three of mortal destiny’ pull through for our courageous pilot a thirteenth time? Due to the prologue, we know already that he was not killed during a mission, but that doesn’t exactly fill me with buoyant optimism.
With regards to the second half of this chapter, it seems peculiar to me that Neil did not already twig that there was something supernatural about the Websters. We’ve all known they were the Nornir right from Aidan’s speech, and it was practically spelled out by Miss Celandine in Chapter 6. Of course, Neil has already been through a lot, so it’s understandable that he might close his ears to the truth. Or maybe he’s simply not up on his Norse mythology. Whichever, he now has the right of it, and from here on out his path into the past can only become more tangled.
Matt’s Thoughts: And more explicitly, we now get the back story of the three Nornir. (Which, being the weavers of fate, would also be the Kismet / Lady Luck that Angelo would have been calling out to as he anointed his plane with beer. This is such a clever tale!)
This has driven me back to Wagner-listening again!
Actually, question for you, Mr Jarvis, if you’re popping past – I remember reading your story about listening to Carl Orff while clambering up the 199 steps at Whitby, so I was wondering: did you ever go through a Wagnerian stage?