Thursday, 6 May 2010
Character Connection: Arthur
The series: Arthur
The author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
The character: Arthur
I love stories that relate to the tales of King Arthur in some way.
Maybe it is the idea of chivalry and valiant knights.
Maybe it is the idea of a round table where all the players are equal.
Maybe it is the idea of handsome men jousting on horseback.
Whatever it is, I love stories that have some connection to King Arthur.
But my connection to Arthur in this tale is not to the King but to his namesake: Arthur de Caldicot.
Arthur de Caldicot is one of my favourite characters because he is a word-smith. That is not to say that he has a job and it involves words. Rather he, like me and probably like many of you, loves words. In The Seeing Stone Arthur tells us all about his life in medieval England in lots and lots of really short and brilliantly executed chapters. Each of those chapters has a beautiful melody to it because Arthur loves words. He writes songs and poems and plays with language. He lives for words and so I have a strong character connection with him.
My favourite word is foible.
Definition (from Collins English Dictionary): N - a slight pecularity or minor weakness
What's your favourite word?