<> Hanna219 Part Three Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna219 Manuscript Field, Children English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna219 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna219_0.jpg LHL Archive 212 He saw Sarah coming up from the well in the lough field, her body straight and taut between the two lipping buckets held away from her skirt by a wooden hoop. As she stepped unsteadily on the rutted track little silver fringes of water leapt out from the buckets and fell on the earth. He walked slowly across the close and down the track and seated himself on the stone dyke. Sarah put down the buckets with a sigh of relief and rubbed her numb fingers. "It's fine to see the gentry taking the air on a summer's day," she said. Hamilton's lips curved in a smile, then he crooked his finger for her to come nearer. "Sarah, tell me, have ye noticed Frank talking ower much to Andra or the wee girl?" "For why?" Hamilton raised his hand. "I only asked ye a question. Have ye, or have ye no?" "Nothing more nor ordinary." "All right, then. Now, there's nothing to be feard of," he added, noticing the uneasiness on the woman's face. "Frank had just been acting a wee bit odd, of late." "Aye, odder than ye think. He attended Ravara Meeting-House last Sunday. That's where he was in the trap." Hamilton's face lit up. "B'God, I'm glad to hear that! He's welcome to it, if it gives him any comfort, for the cratur has had a wicked time of it, wi' that back o' his. Aye, he's welcome to it." "Aye," echoed Sarah, but her expression was not one of agreement. Hamilton stepped into the hoop and swung the buckets up lightly in his fingers. But he was silent as they made their way towards the farmhouse. He hadn't told Sarah what was uppermost in his mind, and now his loyalty to his brother was struggling with his loyalty to Sarah and the children. ,When they reached the gate into the close he put down the buckets and Text