<> Hanna208 Part Three Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna208 Manuscript Pipe, Martha English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna208 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna208_0.jpg LHL Archive 201 a gap in the hedge. He hurried down to the road and called on the boy, but he did not look back and soon disappeared from the schoolmaster's view. That evening, after six-o'clock tea, Herriot put on his hat and set out for Rathard. The soft still evening light lay gently on the fields and Herriot noted with pleasure that the last of the corn was being moved to the stackyards as he ascended and descended the little hills on the white road. As he turned up the loanen leading to Hathard he noted the banks torn and stamped by the toothed wheels of the tractor, and that the new ruts in the loanen had been already metalled. He was curious to see the strange household about which he had heard so many rumours. Under his arm he carried Andrew's tattered school. bag. As he approached the farm he heard the boy's voice call 'wheet-wheet! wheet-wheet!' and saw the bobbing line of ducks come at his bidding, but the boy himself was hidden by the rowans at the mouth of the close. Herriot slowed his pace so that he wouldn't over- take the ducks, and following behind them, came suddenly face to face with Andrew. He saw the look of sullen fear that came on the boy's face but he smiled pleasantly as he handed over the schoolbag. "There you are, Andrew, you forgot that in your hurry today." Then the schoolmaster pushed his tweed hat back on his head and took out his pipe. He nodded across the loanen. "Your ducks'll be wandering again," he said. At that moment the little girl Martha burst out of the house, followed by a dog. She stopped short when she saw Herriot, and stood with her finger to her mouth, eyeing him warily. Herriot welcomed the interruption. "Hello, Martha" he called "So this is where you live?7" Attracted by the sound of the strange voice Sarah appeared in the Text