<> Hanna004 Part One Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna004 Manuscript Sexton, Churchyard English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna004 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna004_0.jpg LHL Archive 3 hand for a little longer. It wasn't too bad, was it?" "No she replied "No, it wasn't, Thank ye, Mr Shorleyson." "Aye' echoed HamiIton fumbling to take the minister's hand again, "Thank ye, thank ye." Sorleyson replaced the register, locked the cupboard, and opened tie door leading to the church. ’Now’ he said. The creak of the varnished door started the sexton from his seat in the last pew. He peered down the glimmering aisle to make sure that Sorleyson and the others were ready to leave the church, Then he slid as quickly and quietly as a ferret round the main door into the porch. Then he appeared, the men and woman nearest the church rose from the gravestones and shook themselves. The sexton nodded abruptly and glanced over his shoulder. Suddenly he threw up his hand in warning and started back into the shadows. Hamilton and Sarah came slowly out of the brown dusk of the porch and hesitated uncertainly in the pale sunlight. Behind them came Andrew, his face turned to the minister whose snowy collar gleamed in the shadow, then the youth looked out towards the churchyard, his face contracted when he saw the visiting country people, and with a word and a touch he urged the newly-married couple forward. Hamilton, tall and stooped, wore a dark hopsack suit of old-fashioned cut with all four buttons of the Jacket fastened, the arm on which rested Sarah’s hand was bent across his chest, holding in its fingers a bowler hat. From his other knotted and discoloured hand hung a pair of gloves, the fingers flat, stiff and unopened. When he left the shelter of the the church the wind lifted the strands of hair that had been combed over his bald crown. Text