By Patrick Leigh Fermor
Carrying on with the epic foot trip throughout Europe all started in A Time of Gifts
The trip that Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on in 1933—to go Europe taking walks with an emergency allowance of 1 pound a day—proved so wealthy in reports that once a lot later he sat right down to describe them, they overflowed into multiple quantity. Undertaken because the storms of warfare accrued, and delivering a historical past for the occasions that have been starting to spread in critical Europe, Leigh Fermor's still-unfinished account of his trip has verified itself as a latest vintage. Between the Woods and the Water, the second one quantity of a projected 3, has garnered as many prizes as its celebrated predecessor, A Time of Gifts.
The establishing of the publication unearths Leigh Fermor crossing the Danube—at the very second the place his first quantity left off. A detour to the luminous splendors of Prague is bya journey downriver to Budapest, passage on horseback acrossthe nice Hungarian undeniable, and a crossing of the Romanian border into Transylvania. distant castles, mountain villages,monasteries and towering levels which are the hang-out of bears, wolves, eagles, gypsies, and quite a few sects are all savoredin the method of the Iron Gates, the department among the Carpathian mountains and the Balkans, the place, for now, the tale ends.
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When he thought about it, at other times, it seemed as though that is what must have happened. But then, standing alone and waiting for some sign, he suffered a muffling of senses of the left side of his body and a sharpening of those on the right, so that he turned in that direction and went cautiously down the slope. And now both to the right and the left he experienced that curious muffling of sound, a muffling on either side of a channel of clarity which led him with certainty forward in the direction of the river.
When he has to do so for the first time, to check on the site of the war game, the reality of the challenge to his self-respect, and, beneath that, his self-image, is undeniable. The way the challenge presents itself is outwardly trivial. Near the centre of the site, a section of river beneath a spur of rock he names Elephant Hill, Craig insists on leaving his wife alone with Thompson so that he can check the river crossing deeper into the forest. After near-panic at being lost in the forest he finds his way back.
The reasons for it are unclear even to him. It is only when Ramsay questions him more and more searchingly about what happened in the jungle a year ago that the Major realises what might have lain behind John Ramsay's conduct, before the raft collapsed and he was killed. Craig had always supposed that Ramsay's death was his fault, because he was the CO, and in the last resort the men rely on their CO. But Bob Ramsay's experience at the ford during the exercise at Elephant Mountain teaches him that his brother must Paul Scott: Images qf India have 'bodged the raft on purpose', so as to secure the crossing and at the same time rid the company of the weak links (the nonswimmers) in the chain of command.