Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

To the south, there are five other cottages, cloaked from one another by a dense growth of trees—mostly spruce, but also pine, cedar, and poplar, whose leaves in the wind sound like hands clapping.

Source: Alan Lightman, “The Infinity of the Small” (Harper’s)

4 thoughts on “Sunday Sentence

  1. Clive Collins says:

    “…like hands clapping”. Yes, marvellous. Good writing enables the reader to hear sometimes as well as to see. Thank you, Erika.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Isn’t it a wonderful line? I wanted to find a photo to do it justice. I don’t think that I succeeded, but I did want to try.

  2. dtg says:

    And overhead the aspen heaves
    Its rainy-sounding silver leaves….
    —Shropshire Lad 26

    Aspens are a species of poplar.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Lovely. Thank you.

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