The idea of escape Westper se gets thoroughly compromised by the apocalyptic mayhem and carnage accompanying the ostentatiously romantic, reckless elopement across the river of the bucolically
(over)named Harney Shepherdson and Sophia Grangerford.
Would a more bucolically
expansive environment allow our son's whirlwind character unconstrained freedom and so result in less wear-and-tear on him and our nerves?
The final, two-page section of the novel opens bucolically
with Imelda's parents walking past the mulberry trees at Kilneagh, talking mostly about their former classmates, but, significantly, "They do not speak of other matters" (191).
However, the Globe and Mail resorted to notions promoted by the regional and city campaigns and the local press (Debruyn 1998) to emphasise the discursive idea of a Silicon Vineyard, evoking, on the one hand, Silicon Valley and the tech-boom of the times, and on the other, nature as bucolically
represented by the fetishisation of wine production.
I have time to reflect bucolically
from the comfort of one of First Great Western's newest trains which - although not moving at this point - has more leg room than before and a level of soundproofing that encourages such meanderings of the mind.