Monday, April 22, 2013

"The quick, laughing gurgle of water under the forefoot of a boat of their own..."

I recently finished reading aloud to N. the eleventh Swallows and Amazons book, The Picts and The Martyrs. As I finished a chapter describing the first outings of the sailing neophytes Dick and Dorothea in their new little boat Scarab, N. said to me with a big dramatic sigh of pleasure, "Don't you just love sailing?!"

N. has in fact never been sailing. But so evocatively does Arthur Ransome bring sailing to life in this wonderful series of books that his own lack of any physical experience of sailing is to N. entirely irrelevant.


Melissa Wiley said...

I love this so very much. :)

Anonymous said...

Awww--I love that boy!!