Although Old Ben moves, taking shape (a "look," "walk," "shoulder"), he does so only to shift "for an instant into the sun's full glare and out of it" (153), thereby adding dazzle to dapple and achieving an exit that is less "vanish" than "fade" and more "sank" than both: in leaving the "glade," Old Ben deliquesces
into the light ("fade") and the water ("sank"), elements that are the chief constituents both of the glade from which he "coalesced," and of the "thin clear quenchless lucidity" (152) in Ike's mouth:
The proud heritage of Britishness daily deliquesces
as jurists--insulated, like their U.
Cowherd,' you used to be called, but are now rather more like a goatherd, One of those goatherds who, when he observes how the she-goats are getting Stuffed, deliquesces
in tears because he cannot be such a he-goat.
By this measure, Ryde succeeds brilliantly, Banner scorches in a stylized fashion that mostly rings true, Stadler deliquesces
into poetic murk where damage reverberates but doesn't scare, and Russell's Coming Storm, though arresting in many ways, dwindles at its end into something of a tropical depression.