‘Secret-seeming’ promises quiet landings of a boat shingling onto a beach, or morning departures. ‘Combe’ is curious in the context of Greece, as it sounds quintessentially English, even its sound capturing something of the cool of the climate.¬† So in the Mani, it might provide unexpected shelter from the dazzling sunlight.

‘The path from Alika sank into a deep ravine which ended in a quiet and secret-seeming combe.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 138

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