<> Hanna259 Part Three Linen Hall Library 1951 Linen Hall Library Thursday, April 7, 2016 TIFF Hanna259 Manuscript Bitterness, Letters English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/hanna259 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Hanna259_0.jpg LHL Archive 252 Bt a lifelong preoccupation with other peoples lives is not easily put aside, and that evening she discussed the future in whispers with Joe and Martha. If the youth revealed some bitterness, Sarah accepted it quitely, and when he warned her that he would never consider opening a shop or setting up a home anywhere in the townlands, she cried out "No, no! My god, ye could never do that now!" with so much anger and distress, that Skillen, taken aback, mumbled something about having made other arrangements. In fact, he had come prepared for some shrewd and calculated plan on Sarah’s part, but this time she had none to offer; nothing but an anxious and pathetic interest in what the two young people were going to do after they were married. "After we're married," said Joe, "we're going to start up in Belfast. I could’ve rented a shop on the Newtownards Koad six months ago, and I know it’s still there for the asking." He paused, but Sarah said nothing, so he continued: "It’s a good stand, and with the shipyards throwing a bit o’ work this weather, the people have money among their fingers." "Aye" said Sarah nodding, "that would be a wise move." She hesitated and then added: "The money I offered ye is still there for ye." When Joe bridled, she waved him aside with some of her old impatience. "Maybe you dont want it, but it’s Martha’s due," and the young man was silent. At any other time Sarah would have got a sardonic pleasure from the letters that trickled in after Frank’s death. Many had been laboured out by neighbours who would not have set a foot in Rathard but for the funeral. Now a few of the men appeared under the rowan trees, as sombre and stiff as their Sabbath clothes, refused refreshment, waited silently until the coffin appeared, Text