I n this marvelous work of Susana Clarke, weather comes either as a “messenger” or as a direct effect of using sorcery.
In many passages of the book, it is plainly obvious how the weather serves the author in order to express something too Magic that has happened or is about to happen.
Even at the beginning of the book, when Mr. Norrell is challenged to prove how good a magician he is, he reveals his power while a great storm occurs that causes great fear to his opponents.
As the story goes on, young Jonathan Strange is taken by the English Army as a help against the French. During the war, he uses even Black Magic and he creates deathly storms and terrible thunders which strike hard the Enemy and causes to them very important losses.
When an Elf curses Strange, rain surrounds the last and an ancient doom of darkness follows him. And when he sends a mirror as a way out of the magic world, thunders and lightings tear the sky apart so as to cover his cursed and doomed appearance.
When John Uskglash is about to come, a fierce wind starts to blow dragging everything in its passing. Then a storm comes while many ravens crawl wildly. The thunders shake the world and the water falls as a cataract from the sky, destroying everything in its wild way of wrath.
Generally, on the whole book, when the two wizards use some very powerful and dark spells, great clouds gather up in the sky and rain comes as to signify the power these spells bring forth.
Finally, the misty and cloudy weather of