Auto-Tuned Opening Lines - Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
We’re celebrating the release of Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies with this worryingly catchy tune.
"His children are falling from the sky.
He watches from horseback,
acres of England stretching behind him;
they drop, gilt-winged, each with a blood-filled gaze.
Grace Cromwell hovers in thin air.
She is silent when she takes her prey,
silent as she glides to his fist.
But the sounds she makes then,
the rustle of feathers and the creak,
the sigh and riffle of pinion,
the small cluck-cluck from her throat,
these are sounds of recognition,
intimate, daughterly, almost disapproving.
Her breast is gore-streaked and flesh clings to her claws.
Later Henry will say,
'Your girls flew well today.'
The hawk Anne Cromwell bounces on the glove of Rafe Sadler,
who rides by the king in easy conversation.
They are tired; the sun is declining,
and they ride back to Wolf Hall with the reins slack on the necks of their mounts.
Tomorrow his wife and two sisters will go out.
These dead women,
their bones long sunk in London clay,
are now transmigrated.
Weightless, they glide on the upper currents of the air.
They pity no one.
They answer to no one.
Their lives are simple.
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