Saturday, March 10, 2012
A Brit a Day [#706]
One hundred years ago today, Scott's party returning from the Pole were already pretty certain that they would not survive--we know this from their diaries. But the men who waited for them at the main camp did not know this with any certainty at all. They undertook a search for what they then knew would be their remains 10 months later when the winter weather broke. Reading Cherry's description of that sad mission is evocative enough to make you feel like you are there--and possesses the spirituality to make you feel like Cherry is there holding your hand.
Next up on my reading list: Sarah Wheeler's biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard.