<> Hanna018 Part One Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna018 Manuscript Parlour, Bleached English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna018 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna018_0.jpg LHL Archive 13 "I've an errand over tae the Pentlands o’ the Island one of these days'said Andrew, "and if we’re spared, 1’11 take ye." Martha, after waiting for their cups, cast out the dishwater across the dark close, shot the bolt again, then went to her bed in silence. The rich colouring of the land was shorn away, or beaten down by wind and rain. On the hills the grey fields were like the faces of spent men; the loaves lay in sodden drifts in the poanena, and the water rose broadly is the wells, the men ran new runlets against the equinoctial storms, patched barns and byres, breaded hedges where the falling leaf revealed gaps and listened patiently to the indoor needs of the farmwife. The women felt the breasts of fowls, laid fragrant apples in the loft, and in the comfortable farms drew out again voluminous half-finished embroidered clothes from parlour chests. The rhythm of life in the countryside moves cautiously in the winter months, but the insistent note of the coming spring is never unheeded,and one morning Andrew said that he would have to cross over to Pentland’s to bring back a prize ram, his idea was that all five of them should go, but Martha was against putting her foot in a wee husk of a boat, as she called it, By midday the sky had darkened, and Mrs Gomartin tried to dissude Sarah from going with the men, out the girl insisted, and after some bickering with her mother, left the farmhouse with Andrew, Hamilton and rank, as they descended the brae to the beach Andrew pointed out to the girl Pentiand’a island which lay about a mile and a half down the lough and beyond several smaller islands, ran the top of the hill the house could be seen shining in a shaft of sunlight which fell for a moment through the mounting clouds, before the boathouse lay bleached rollers, half-eurieu in the shingle* Andrew unearthed then, and the others ran the boat down to the water, where it rocked gently, with an eager kissing sound, . Hamilton lifted Sarah in his arms Text