As “Halifax Hooker’s” crew dropped off the back of the truck, rain was running off the wings of the big bomber and splattering onto the concrete hardstand. Inside the aircraft it was damp and gloomy, making Jay shiver despite his flight jacket as he settled into the damp leather seat on the flight deck. Rain rolled down the windshield in rivulets.
Weather can also be a catalyst. In the following example from An Obsolete Honor, the weather provides the push that helps the two main characters overcome their inhibitions – and so leads to a significant step forward in their relationship.
It was pouring rain when Philip and Alexandra finished dinner and went out into the street. The rain had blown in unexpectedly and put an effective end to their plans for a long walk. Alix sighed in disappointment. It was only 8 pm and she did not want to go home yet. She’d looked forward to the evening with Philip all week, not least because he had suggested the walk rather than a concert or movie. Alexandra much preferred his conversation to anything cultural. Besides, they could not talk uninhibitedly in public places, since there was always the risk of being overheard. The walk had been a means of avoiding unwanted ears.
With Lotte’s advice ringing in her ears and her heart thundering in her breast, Alix collected all her courage and suggested – without directly looking at Philip: “If you won’t get the wrong idea, we could have a glass of wine in my apartment.”
Philip, who had been trying to find the courage to make a similar suggestion, agreed at once.
“But if you don’t finish the agoge, you’ll never get citizenship!” Leonidas protested.
“Are you stupid or what?! I can’t afford the syssitia fees, either. I’ll never be a citizen. Never! I never fit in anyway, and you won’t care if I’m gone.”
Leonidas was shocked and stunned. He could find no words, except a rather weak denial. “That’s not true. I’ll miss you. I’ve never forgot how you saved me from a flogging last winter.”
“Just go away and leave me alone!”
Weather always has and always will have an impact on agriculture and so economics, on human moods and movements and on war. As such it will always play a role in novels as well.