<> Hanna142 Part Two Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna142 Manuscript Belfast, Shephard English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna142 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna142_0.jpg LHL Archive 136 In a short time she was back with a tray on which sat two cups and saucers, buttered barnbrack, and their intimate little supper teapot in its woollen cosy. He cleared the leather pouffe of scissors and needles and the evening paper so that she could set down the tray. He didnt speak to her as he sat there, eating his bread and sipping his tea and staring into the fire. But there was nothing unusual about that, she never expected him to speak to her, much. He is thinking of his sermon she reassured herself, in accordance with the pitiable game of make-believe that she had played for years. Then suddenly he looked across at her. "Victoria, I’ve decided to - to ask for a transfer to Belfast." The last six words came in a rush. For once she was startled, "But - I thought you wore happy, Edwin. Dont you remember you said you had a sense of fulfilment here?” He beat his hand impatiently on the arm of his chair, "Yes, yes, but there’s no scope here! I feel that I could be of more use in Belfast. Anyway, its time I had a change in the city." He was quite irritable by now, not so much with her as with himself. What he had meant to say, calmly and with no further discussion, was, ’Victoria, I’ve decided to leave the church and take up teaching, perhaps,’ But his courage had failed at the enormity of that, and he had retreated even further, in the reason he had given for leaving Ravara. But she understood him so perfectly. Had she not dedicated herself for just such as this, to be the pastor’s helpmeet; the shepherd’a staff as she once laughingly described herself at a women’s meeting? ( an old illiterate peasant woman had rebuked her by quoting the fourth versa of the twentythird Psalm). Text