I might have been alone in a painted landscape. The sky was still and blue, and the high cauliflower clouds over towards the south seemed to hang without movement. Against their curded bases the fells curved and folded, blue foothills of the Pennines giving way to the misty green of pasture, where, small in the distance as hedge-parsley, trees showed in the less, wide landscape, I could see no sign of man's hand, except the lines - as old as the ridge and furrow of the pasture below me - of the dry stone walls, and the arrogant stride of the great Wall which Hadrian had driven across Northumberland, nearly two thousand years ago.The Ivy Tree
by Mary Stewart
This intro paragraph is certainly heavy on description. It had me wondering what I was getting myself into, but dialogue, plot, and intrigue followed quickly. The first two chapters have me hooked. Still, I like the image of "cauliflower clouds".
I'm reading The Ivy Tree for Anybolyn's Mary Stewart Reading Week. Have you read Mary Stewart? Would this opening paragraph convince you to keep reading?
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