<> Hanna201 Part Three Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna201 Manuscript School, Children English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna201 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna201_0.jpg LHL Archive 194 At noon the school broke for lunch, which, for most of the scholars was the large buttered farl of wheaten or soda bread that they carried with their books in their oilcloth satchels. Master Herriot left the school to walk to his lodgings in a neighbouring farmer’s, and as he walked through the shouting, tumbling children he would play fully ruffle a little girl's hair here, or there hook the ball of a boy's toe and dribble it skilfully up the road followed by a rabble of gleeful boys shouting 'Hi, Mester! Here, Mester!' Half-an-hour later he would come down the road again and this was a signal for the children to make their way into the close before the school and form into a straggling line. Then to the muted beat of a bell they would stamp noisily into their classes for the second period of the day. At half-past two the 'infants' were released from school to be followed, by the older children, Ravara School, catering as it did for a large area of the surrounding countryside, contained scholars from a number of townlands, and these gathered in neighbourly clans and parted from each other amid shouts and counter- snouts until they lost sight of each other on the white dusty road. Among the children who turned down into the heart of Ravara townland was a tail fairheaded boy of about twelve who was among the leaders of those who went rambling off the road on various escapades, hunting goats in the paddocks, or stealing beans and sweet red carrots from the fields. Now and then he would throw a word or two to a girl about five years his junior, and from the way in which he slewed her satchel round and rummaged in it for a ball, it was plain that there Text