The Storm (at the end of the book)
Posted by Hil on November 09, 1997 at 18:05:49:
I have been lucky enough to have my husband re-reading Possession too. He is professionally interested in the weather, and especially liked the fact that the storm -'in that moment, the great storm hit Sussex' is historically true. The October 15/16th storms of 1987 (and the dates are in the book) are well remembered for their ferocity, and for all the trees that were uprooted. As he points out, Byatt uses the storm not only metaphorically - natural laws being broken - at the point where the grave is being robbed, but also as the catalyst, the thing that makes possible, the getting together of all the disparate souls who gather back at the pub in the aftermath. Calamities have the effect of drawing people together who would otherwise have nothing in common.
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