We speak of ‘hair-pin bends’ for sharply curved roads, and I liked this place-and-time relevant equivalent. It is from a Hungarian trilogy of novels, this one set at the end of the nineteenth and the turn of the twentieth century, when sickles were widespread even as industrialization was advancing.

More on the novel elsewhere, enough to mention a compelling historical context and strong characterization.

‘The carriage came nearer and nearer winding through the three sickle-shaped curves that skirted the base of the hills to the right.’ 

See also Virginia Woolf’s sickle moon.

Source: Miklos Banffy, They Were Found Wanting, trans. Patrick Thursfield and Katalin Banffy-Jelen (London: Arcadia Books, 2011 (1937)), p. 382


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