<> Hanna010 Part One Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna010 Manuscript Cynic, Habitation English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna010 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna010_0.jpg LHL Archive 5 experience. He placed his hand on his son's shoulder. "Are you tired?" he asked. The young minister smiled and shook his head, “No, not very." Both men turned and walked slowly across the lawn towards the house. "And your - most remarkable wedding service, it went smoothly?" "Yes, oh yes. When I prayed, 1 asked them to kneel. I think I did right The father chose to ignore the note of query in his son's reply. Their feet were sounding on the gravel before the house, when he suddenly said 'If the reasons for most marriages were stated you would be astounded at the ingenuity of your feilow men - and perhaps appalled at their courage. Fortunately, that is not our business." At this remark a look of uneasiness and annoyance came on the young man's face. He shook his father’s shoulder gently. "You old cynic" he said with a laugh. As Mr Sorleyson was long past the age when the epithet could be considered a compliment he did not smile in reply. In silence the two men mounted the worn steps of the manse. Chapter Two The farm of Rathgard sat crescent-shaped on a low green hill screened by beech-trees from the misty winds that rose from the lough in the winter. on summer evenings the cream-washed homestead eyed by the setting sun, blushed warmly under the dark foliage. Swelling gently from the shores of Strangford Lough, the hill had borne habitation for centuries. Behind the dwelling-house lay an ancient rath from whence an earlier people had looked down on the sinious waters of the lough, how nothing more martial was heard than the cry of a cock, or the low piping of bees from the seven hives which sat in the Text