Monday, April 23, 2007

The Village of the Poes (Page 20)

//Panel 1//
Glen Smith's Narration:
I was walking, thinking about the deer I had missed, when mist appeared—how rare for this season.
//Panel 2//
Glen Smith:
Carl! [Note 1]
Yoohoo, Carl!
//Panel 3//
Paris! [Note 2]
Glen Smith's Narration:
I must have gotten separated from my hunting party. And it is dangerous to be wandering in an unfamiliar forest…
Glen Smith:
Oh well. It will clear up soon.
//Panel 5//
Glen Smith's Narration:
I heard…in an old tale my nanny told me, that when the mist clears there is another world…a village watched over by gods.
//Panel 6//
Glen Smith's Narration:
And that in this village, a hundred years pass in one night…
…The mist is mysterious…legends lurk.

[Note 1] Source text reads "カウル" or "Cowl", but this doesn't make sense.
[Note 2] Source text reads "パリッセ" or "Parissee", but this doesn't make sense, either.

The legendary village Glen Smith recalls here seems to be an amalgam (intentionally or unintentionally) of the Japanese fairy tale "Urashima Taro" with the legend of Brigadoon. In the tale of Urashima, three years spent in the netherworld equaled 300 years in this world. It is similar to the Rip Van Winkle story, except that the latter spans only 20 or so years. The Urashima story is often used in SciFi novels in Japan to explain Time Dilation or Twin Paradox in Einstein's Relativity Theory. Brigadoon is about a mysterious village that appears once every 100 years in the misty glen in Scotland, where people never age, but Time Dilation is not a big theme of the story. Irish stories of Oisín or the Voyage of Bran are also similar to the Urashima legend.

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