<> Hanna022 Part One Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna022 Manuscript Farmhand, Oilskins English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna022 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna022_0.jpg LHL Archive 17 the door, his bellows, penetrating the storm, were answered by his plaintive dams as they stood heads buried in the whins and tails out to the rain. Pentland came stamping into the kitchen and it seemed to Sarah that some of his good-nature had worn away. "Sorra take it for a bad beast, that!” he declared, slapping his chafed hands on his soaked sleeves. The farmhand, standing in the doorway, declared that it would be folly to attempt to drag the ram over the island and suggested throwing him on the slipe and hauling • him down to the boat. Hamilton agreed with this, but Andrew seemed determined to oppose any suggestions of Pentland's, and declared that a man could carry the beast round the island, and going out he caught the ram by his woolly pow and with the unwilling help of his sons raised it on his shoulders. But his triumph was short-lived. The muscular arm could not hold the writhing animal, and after a few staggering steps the ram slithered out of his grasp and would have been away into the mist had not the servingman caught the tether and Hamilton thrown himself on the animal(s fleecy back. "That’s enough o' this foolishness” said Hamilton sharply, taking the rope in his hands. "Away and fetch the slipe, Geordie,” he 3aid to the man, and when it was dragged out the ram was tied and laid upon it. By this time the Echlins were soaked and Mrs Pentland would have delayed them further to dry themselves, but they were determined to go. Fergus returned to- the kitchen with an armful of oilskins. As he unknotted the strings of Sarah’s sou'wester he bent hi3 mouth to her ear "Let's hope there's warmth and sunshine when ye come back" he said. She looked up at him from tinder the hood. "Then its the summer ye want to see us again?" she asked with a smile on her lips. "Ah, I didn’t mean that, at all!” he protested laughingly. "Leave me to Text