<> Hanna224 Part Three Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna224 Manuscript Joe, Tobacco English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna224 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna224_0.jpg LHL Archive 217 Ravara School?" "Of coarse I remember ye! Didnt ye go to school with our Andrew?" retorted the girl, scornf'al at such peurile raillery. "Then what do they call me?" he demanded. "They call ye Joe Skillen." "Ah, then ye do remember me!" cried Joe triumphantly. "Of course 1 remember ye. D'ye think I'm as daft as ail that!" Joe, chivalrously acknowledging defeat, retreated behind the counter and put the tea and sugar in the string bag. "Ye wont forget the paraffin?" asked the girl as she accepted her purchases. "I'll bring it up meself. I cant say fairer nor that!" cried the youth, rubbing his hands together briskly. The girl looked at him gravely. "No, I suppose ye cant," she agreed. He opened the door for her and followed her out onto the road, as she stepped across the bicycle and stood poised, Joe rearranged the string bag that she had hung on the handlebars. "It might catch on the brakes," he warned, Suddenly he slid his hand along the bar until it closed on her's. He felt her warm brown hand quiver under his like a bird. "I'll be up wi' the paraffin one of these evenings, soon," he said in a quick unsteady voice. He bent his head down to see her face under her tumbled hair. Her mouth was curved in laughter, and his neart raced again. Without a word she shook her hand loose, and pushing vigorously on the pedals sped away fiom him. When he went back into the shop his father was cutting tobacco at the counter. "who was that ye were ushering out?" he demanded. "Martha Echlin from Rathard." "Oh, it was, was it?" said his father putting down the tobacco knife and turning his red moon face on his son. "Well, you've damned little to do wi’ your time, helping Text