<> Hanna170 Part Two Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna170 Manuscript Rathard, Dineens English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna170 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna170_0.jpg LHL Archive 164 Chapter Sixteen On the following morning Frank was told what the child had said. There was something ludicrous about the words as his brother repeated them, that he burst out laughing. Then as the realisation of what had happened dawned upon him, his laughter ceased abruptly. He left the house and walked aim- lessly into the fields. He was not surprised that someone had called the child a bastard, for a moment, as he stood looking down at the lough, he was filled with anger and contempt for the creature who had taught the boy those words. But that was no longer any concern of his. Hamilton could attend to that. His brother loved the child and the woman. He had been prepared for something like this to happen. He had a prescience that a judgement had been slowly forming at the hundreds of hearths around Rathard. Sooner or later he knew it must become articulate. But he had been preparing for it, like a man making ready to flee from an approaching storm and yet lingering on in those last few hours of stifling calm. One by one the ties that bound him to Rathard had broken. His desire for Sarah had dwindled long ago. Throughout the past year their intimacy had become less and less frequent. The separation had grown between them, naturally and without reproach: on his part, because he had wearied of her, and realised how empty and futile his life had become; on hers, because she needed him no longer, and he had alienated her by many of the things he had done such as setting the Dineens in her old home. He felt no jealousy when he knew Hamilton was with her. Indeed he was glad, for it made him feel free and innocent again. And out of this weariness had risen a desire, the most powerful and seemingly worthwhile, he had ever known. He wanted a woman of his own choice, he wanted a home and children of his own. Many times recently he had felt impelled to break Text